South Sudan insurance – extreme risk
12 May 2014
Since last December, South Sudan, the newest country on the planet, has witnessed growing unrest, resulting in an extreme travel risk insurance rating. A truce signed on Friday 9th May offers new hope for peace, but specialist insurance, which includes war and terrorism risk, is essential for anyone planning to work or visit there.
Recent violence has been widespread. Ethnic tensions erupted into bloody violence between the two main groups, the Dinka and the Nuer. Over a million people have been forced from their homes.
The fighting is frequently focussed on trying to gain control of the country’s considerable oil resources and consequently oil production has fallen and many foreign nationals working in the industry have been evacuated. There have been reports of atrocities, mostly in the oil rich Unity state. Here, in a recent rebel attack on the town of Bentiu, it was reported that over 400 civilians were killed.
What South Sudan insurance do you need?
If you are planning on visiting South Sudan, the ‘extreme’ risk rating means you are strongly advised to take out specialist insurance that covers you for war and terrorism.
Kidnap and ransom insurance is also strongly advised. A number of Chinese oil workers have been kidnapped and killed during the conflict and journalists, media people, NGO, peace workers and oil executives may all represent some kind of target if the truce fails to hold.
Bellwood Prestbury have long experience of providing such policies, which include a high standard of medical, personal accident and life insurance, along with robust personal accident, medical evacuation and repatriation cover.