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Kenyans stranded in warring Juba turn to social media for help

Desperate Kenyans who are stranded in Juba, South Sudan have turned to social media to appeal to the government to evacuate them as violence continues to rock the world’s youngest nation.

More than 300 people are reported to have been killed in renewed fighting in South Sudan’s capital Juba, with first Vice President Riek Machar’s spokesman saying the country was officially back to war.

The European Union has already evacuated its citizens to Nairobi.

Matters were complicated for Kenyans last week when the national flag carrier Kenya Airways announced that it was temporarily suspending its flights to Juba.

“We wish to advise our guests that we have suspended flights to Juba, South Sudan due to uncertain security situation,” the airline wrote on its Twitter account.

Fresh violence erupted on July 8 when President Salva Kiir and Mr Machar disagreed during a meeting at State House.

Their guards engaged each other in a shootout within State House precincts before the flare up spread across Juba.

The appeal.

Some have already packed but can’t leave.

Not just Kenyans.

There has been no official confirmation on whether the government was planning to evacuate the marooned Kenyans. Except this.