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Emergency Messages to U.S. Citizens

Violence and Fighting in Eastern Congo

May 29, 2012

Heavy fighting has been reported between the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) and various armed groups in many parts of North Kivu. Some of these armed groups have also attacked Congolese civilians, leading to a number of deaths.

On May 15, eleven Pakistani UN peacekeepers were injured in Kambagete, South Kivu province in eastern DRC by an angry crowd protesting an armed-group incursion in the area. On May 20, armed attacks against international NGO staff members occurred in Goma and in villages in the east.

The U.S. Embassy, therefore, urges U.S. Citizens to exercise caution when traveling in the eastern Congo, particularly in those areas where there are reports of fighting or military activity.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Kinshasa web site. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well or you can download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App for travel information at your fingertips. If you don't have internet access, current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers from other countries, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

If you are going to live in or travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa is located at 310 Avenue des Aviateurs, tel. +243-081-225-5872 (Do not dial the zero when calling from abroad). The Consular Section of the Embassy may be reached at tel. +243-081-884-6859 or +243-081-884-4609 and is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call 081-556-0151 and ask to speak with the duty officer.