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Prices continue to rise in South Darfur capital

March 13 - 2016 NYALA
A baker in Khartoum (file photo)
A baker in Khartoum (file photo)

People living in the South Darfur capital of Nyala have renewed their complaints about the scarcity of bread, and the ongoing price increases of basic commodities.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a housewife said that the price of one loaf of bread has risen to SDG1 ($0.16). “Last year we received four pieces for one Pound.”

She added that a kilo of beef now costs SDG40 ($6.5). “But if we would manage to buy some meat, we are still no sure if we can cook it, as the price of a cooking gas cylinder has risen to SDG85 ($14), and a sack of charcoal to SDG90 ($15).

In January, a listener reported from Nyala that “Our salaries are far from sufficient to cover three meals a day. Many workers have reduced their meals from the meagre two per day to one simple meal daily,” he said. “A [100 kg] sack of millet now costs SDG430 ($70), a sack of sorghum SDG300 ($49).”

The monthly salary of a junior policeman is about SDG500 ($82), that of a junior teacher is about SDG700 ($114) including bonuses. 

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