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No improvements in Sudan's bread shortage

February 12 - 2016 EL GEZIRA / EL OBEID / KHARTOUM
People line up for a bakery in Sudan in February, 2016 (RD)
People line up for a bakery in Sudan in February, 2016 (RD)

The problems with bread in Sudan, caused by a severe shortage, continue as prices for cooking gas are on the rise.

A resident in El Kamleen, El Gezira State, told Radio Dabanga that people “line up for hours in front of bakeries, without getting breads”. He said that a cylinder of cooking gas has amounted to SDG90 ($14.70), in addition to the rise of charcoal and sugar prices.

North Kordofan State suffers from the bread shortage. People complained that the shortage is caused by the fees the state government imposed on certain goods, of which the revenues are used to finance development projects in North Kordofan.

Khartoum, as other states in Sudan, and En Nahud in western Kordofan are also witnessing a lack of bread. There are reports of security forces denying the transportation of flour to villages in the vicinity of the cities.

Sudanese have attributed the price rises of basic commodities to the government's economic measures. On 25 January, a threefold increase in the price for cooking gas cylinders was announced.

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