By Eric Biegon
The first group of Kenyans who have been living in South Sudan have been evacuated back to the country from Juba.
The 104 evacuees landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Saturday afternoon as the government begun the process of evacuating its citizens.
The evacuation follows renewed fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those in support of Vice President Dr. Riek Machar.
The foreign affairs department has cautioned against traveling to South Sudan until the situation normalizes.
South Sudan has been in agony of a civil war for the past few days, with forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those siding with Vice President Riek Machar on the opposing sides.
A large number of Kenyans living in the war torn nation had been caught up in the crossfire prompting the government to begin the process of evacuating Kenyan citizens especially those in Juba.
The government confirmed that Kenya’s Ambassador to South Sudan is leading the process of evacuation even as a large number of Kenyans pitched camp at the embassy in Juba awaiting their safe return home.
The evacuation process which begun Saturday morning has given priority to women, children and the sick
The plane carrying 100 Kenyans touched down at Jomo Kenyatta international airport around 2:30 pm with more Kenyans expected to be evacuated back to home.
The Kenyan government is however urging citizens against travelling to South Sudan for the time being citing the fluidity of the situation until the situation normalizes.
At least 300 people have been killed and more than 42,000 displaced following the violence that erupted last Thursday.