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Khartoum bread crisis into fifth day

August 27 - 2018 KHARTOUM / EL OBEID
Refilling cooking gas cylinders in Sudan (File photo)
Refilling cooking gas cylinders in Sudan (File photo)

The chronic bread crisis has escalated in Khartoum state, entering its fifth day without any solution in sight. In El Obeid in North Kordofan, bakeries have run out of gas to fire their ovens.

A number of Khartoum residents said they spend most of their day standing in queues and moving between the bakeries to get bread.

They pointed out that a number of bakeries have stopped working because of lack of flour, while the owners of mills have accused the agents of manipulation of quotas.

Committee to stop smuggling

The economic sector of the National Congress Party has formed a committee to stop the smuggling of subsidised wheat outside its channels.

North Kordofan

El Obeid in North Kordofan is experiencing a bread crisis due to lack of gas to fire the bakers’ ovens.

A number of residents told Radio Dabanga that they queue for more than five hours to get a few breads, while some said they go to the bakeries after dawn prayers to get bread for breakfast.

They explained that the price of a cooking gas cylinder costs SDG 350 (*$12.43) on the black market.

* Based on the indicative US Dollar rate quoted by the Central Bank of Sudan (CboS)

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