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Media report: military residues contaminate Sudan's White Nile

September 18 - 2015 KHARTOUM
Raw sewage flowing to the White Nile. Though there is a sewage network in Khartoum, it does not cover the entire city (UNEP Photo)
Raw sewage flowing to the White Nile. Though there is a sewage network in Khartoum, it does not cover the entire city (UNEP Photo)

Media reports revealed that hazardous chemicals contaminating the White Nile River affect about two million residents of rural villages in western White Nile state, southern Omdurman, eastern Jebel Awlia, Azozab, and Abu Adam, all south of Khartoum city.

According to a Sudanese newspaper, the chemicals contain harmful metals such as lead and chromium from the residues of El Yarmouk military factory in El Kalakla district, which directly run into the river.

The newspaper's investigations found that these residues may have caused widespread gastrointestinal and chest diseases among the populations of those areas of Khartoum state.

It prompted the Khartoum state Legislative Council member, Abdelgader Mohamed Zein, to submit the urgent matter of the White Nile water pollution to the Infrastructure Minister on Thursday.

A journalist who reported on this issue earlier this month, Hiba Abdelazim of El Sudani newspaper, was detained on 10 September by the security apparatus. She was taken to NISS headquarters and was interrogated for more than two hours.


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