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Darfur authorities hold more than 60 lorries loaded with sugar

February 19 - 2018 EL FASHER
50 kg Kenana sugar sacks (El Sudani newspaper)
50 kg Kenana sugar sacks (El Sudani newspaper)

Dozens of lorry owners and drivers have been arrested in North and South Darfur in the past couple of weeks. They have been accused of smuggling sugar.

The lorries were heading towards West Darfur. They carried quantities of sugar that significantly exceeded the needs in the state.

A trader told Radio Dabanga that the authorities in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, are holding 21 lorries “filled to the brim with sugar”, while 42 lorries are being held in the South Darfur capital of Nyala.

The source complained that the arrests that took place more than two weeks ago are causing sugar shortages in various markets in the western region. He called on the Darfur governments “to facilitate transactions between the states instead of blocking the trade”. 

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