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Thirst in Sudan's North Kordofan

July 22 - 2015 EL OBEID
A donkey cart in Jabarona, western Omdurman, selling water (Ian Timberlake/AFP)
A donkey cart in Jabarona, western Omdurman, selling water (Ian Timberlake/AFP)

People in North Kordofan have been suffering from a severe a drinking water crisis for the last two weeks.

“We are dependent on water sold from donkey carts,” an angry resident of the capital of El Obeid reported to Radio Dabanga. “A barrel of water now costs SDG20 ($3,30).”

He fiercely criticised the state government’s disregard for resolving the water cuts.

During the past months, the provision of drinking water in a number of districts in Khartoum and Omdurman, various towns in Darfur, and eastern and northern Sudan has broken down.

Members of the national parliament summoned the Minister of Water Resources and Electricity to discuss the countrywide water crisis.


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