Our government can’t get its act together at home, so it’s not much of a stretch to assume it’s a mess abroad, too. Still, this is pretty ridiculous. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo, rather infamous now for tweeting things it shouldn’t, advised a Sudanese student seeking to study in the U.S. to contact the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum in order to obtain a visa. Just one problem: the embassy in Khartoum has been closed since September.


Special Announcement: Update November 12, 2012: All visa services at the U. S. Embassy in Khartoum are still suspended until further notice.

On September 14, 2012 protestors attacked the U. S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. For security reasons the Consular Section is closed to the public until further notice. The Embassy regrets the inconvenience this temporary suspension causes for persons wishing to visit the United States. At this time, we do not know when the U. S. Embassy will resume Consular and visa services. Please monitor our website for information on resumption of service.

The student quickly discovered that Cairo’s help wasn’t all that helpful:

Cairo responded by providing information about protocol for Egyptian students:

So, basically, all Mustafa needs to do is become an Egyptian citizen. And then he’ll be all set! Thanks, U.S. government!