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Uganda Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Nov 15, 2005

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert Americans to ongoing security concerns associated with Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) attacks in northern Uganda and the potential for more LRA attacks in the future, and to advise against travel to northern Uganda. This Public Announcement expires on February 10, 2006.

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens against travel to northern Uganda following a series of recent LRA attacks that have killed foreign nationals and Ugandan citizens. In recent weeks, elements of the LRA have carried out road ambushes and other types of attacks throughout northern Uganda and southern Sudan. These attacks have resulted in at least six deaths. The most recent attack occurred on November 8, 2005, inside the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, a popular tourist destination. Most of these attacks occurred during daylight hours, and some occurred in areas that were previously believed to be secure. Many aid organizations working in the area have adopted more stringent security measures as a result of these increased LRA attacks.

The Department of State advises Americans who live in the affected areas to exercise extreme caution and to restrict their activities to city centers. Due to ongoing security concerns, U.S. Government employees must have permission from the Chief of Mission to visit the following districts: Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripirit, Apac, Lira, Gulu, Kitgum, Pader, Arua, Nebbi, Kisoro, Kanungu, Yumbe, Moyo, Adjumani, and Bundibugyo. These districts include all or part of several national parks.

Updated information on travel and security in Uganda may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. American citizens should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Uganda and surrounding countries at http://travel.state.gov.

U.S. citizens who travel to or remain in the area despite this Public Announcement are strongly encouraged to register with the Embassy in Kampala or through the State Department's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy is located at Plot 1577 Ggaba Road. The phone number is (256) (41) 259 791, ext. 3137, fax (256) (41) 258 451, and email: KampalaUSCitizen@state.gov. For emergencies outside business hours or during any suspension of public services the Embassy Duty Officer can be reached at (256) (41) 259 791. The U.S. Embassy website is http://kampala.usembassy.gov.

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