Saturday, April 14, 2012

Guinea Bissau 4/14/12 - Reported Civil Unrest

I subscribed to reports from the Consulate before making my trip and I am still on the list. I received this update this morning. I pray for peace and hope that all is well there with family, friends and citizens.

U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal
April 14, 2012
Subject: Travel Alert--Guinea Bissau

The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens
traveling to, or living in, Guinea-Bissau to the
continuing possibility of sporadic unrest following
reports of fighting and violence in Bissau, as a result
of an attempted coup d'itat.  Embassy Dakar has received
reports of explosions and heavy weapons fire in Guinea-
Bissau's capital city.  Radio and television are
reportedly off the air, and military forces are
attempting to restrict movement.  The airport was closed
on April 13, and its future operating status is not
known.  The airport's operating status may well fluctuate
repeatedly during the course of this crisis.  The threat
of continued violence and an increased potential for
political instability and civil or military unrest in
Guinea-Bissau remains high.  U.S. citizens are urged to
shelter in place and avoid the downtown area of Bissau.
U.S. citizens should also remain alert to local security
developments, and be vigilant regarding personal
security.  This Travel Alert expires on July 12, 2012.

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