Holiday Security Awareness

U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Holiday Security Awareness


December 22, 2015

The U.S. Embassy in Niger reminds U.S. citizens to increase personal security awareness during the holiday season, which includes the local holiday of Mouloud as well as Christmas and New Year.  The holiday season is upon us and with these celebrations often come increased opportunities for criminal and/or terrorist activities.

In addition to the above precautions, please note that a demonstration protesting against the marginalization of youth is expected to take place in Niamey beginning at La Place Toumo and ending at La Place de la Concertation on December 26.  We recommend you avoid this area.  Remember, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

U.S. citizens should review and follow the guidance in the Travel Warning for Niger and remain alert for potentially dangerous situations.  Citizens should take extra precaution when frequenting places where westerners congregate such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and grocery stores.  Large public gatherings celebrating the holidays can also be expected to take place at mosques and churches.  Maintain awareness of your surroundings at all times.  Pay particular attention to the number of other westerners in your location and identify possible egress routes in the event of an emergency.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution throughout Niger, and maintain vigilance in their daily affairs, even when visiting familiar locations.

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