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Power, water cuts prompt protest in Sudan capital

August 29 - 2019 KHARTOUM / ABU ZABAD
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Protestors blocked the Burri El Lamab road in eastern Khartoum on Wednesday to protest against power and water outages in the neighbourhood. North Darfur and Kassala also saw protests.

Protesters complained that the neighbourhood has been without power or water from more than a day. They blocked the main road with barricades and stones and set fire to tyres.

The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) in Saraf Omra locality in North Darfur organised a protest on Wednesday in front of the Saraf Omra Hospital against the return of doctors affiliated with the former regime and allegedly involved in the illegal sale of medicines.

The protesters held up banners rejecting the return of doctors and all members of the former regime, demanding accountability. The hospital administration decided to reinstate doctors affiliated with the former regime on Wednesday.

Neighbourhood committees in Khatamiya district in Kassala organised a vigil calling for upgrading the health services in the neighbourhood, providing a weekly specialist, and changing the management of the health centre.

West Kordofan

In Abu Zabad in West Kordofan, people complain of a power supply crisis due to the failure of one of the generators.

A resident told Radio Dabanga from Abu Zabad that the town’s electricity supply was alternating between neighbourhoods in days, in addition to shrinking from six to four hours a day.

He attributed the reasons to the failure of one of the generators for more than three months, which led to the disruption of many other services, including telephone and internet, the difficulty of communication with the outside world and access to information.

He appealed to the authorities to urgently solve the problem.

Many places in West Kordofan are still suffering from bread and fuel crises as well as rising prices of basic materials.

People in El Fula told Radio Dabanga that bread and fuel queues are still going on since the formation of the new government to this day, in addition to the high prices of basic commodities in the market.

He said people hope to seek a positive change in their life under the new government.

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