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♦ Sudan: This week's news in brief ♦

March 4 - 2020 DABANGA SUDAN
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A compact weekly digest of Dabanga Sudan's news highlights from Darfur and Sudan

♦  Sudanese Pound hits record lows against world currencies

February 27 - 2020 KHARTOUM The rate of the Sudanese Pound (SDG) is trading at all-time lows on the streets of Khartoum. Bread is still scarce in the country.

There is no end in sight for the ongoing economic malaise in the country – largely a legacy of the corruption and mismanagement by the deposed Al Bashir regime – that has led to unrelenting price hikes for consumer goods, and widespread shortages of bare essentials such as bread.

On Wednesday, traders in Khartoum were asking SDG 107 for one US Dollar, the highest cost for the greenback to date. By comparison, today’s official daily middle US Dollar rate quoted by the Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS) is SDG 54.63.

According to dealers who spoke to Radio Dabanga, the price of the Euro reached SDG 114.48, and the Pound Sterling SDG 136.74 on the parallel market.

As reported by Radio Dabanga on February 13, Sudan’s Minister of Industry and Trade Madani Abbas has apologised to the Sudanese people for the lack of a solution to the bread shortage.

He affirmed the state’s commitment to continue subsidising bread until the end of the transitional period.
 
 
February 26 - 2020 AMSTERDAM A powerful image by Japanese AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba*, of a young Sudanese man reciting a poem as other youthful protestors chant slogans at a Khartoum demonstration, has been shortlisted for the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award for 2020.

The picture entitled Straight Voice is among a shortlist of six nominees for the award, the winner of which will be announced at an event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 16 April.

It shows a young man, illuminated by mobile phones, reciting a poem at a public demonstration for civilian rule during a blackout in Khartoum on June 19, 2019.

The then ruling military junta that overthrew the 30-year dictatorship of Omar Al Bashir on April 11, ordered an internet blackout after the violent break-up of the sit-in at the general army command in Khartoum on June 3, asserting that the internet was “a threat to national security”. This resulted in Sudan being effectively digitally cut-off from the outside world for a period of 38 days.

The World Press Photo Contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. Whether entered as singles or stories, these pictures are judged in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights about our world.
 

More news from Radio Dabanga:

 

Appointing of civilian governors, MPs remains obstacles for Sudan’s peace

March 1 - 2020 JUBA There has not been any breakthrough yet regarding the appointment of civilian state governors and the formation of a new Legislative Council in the ongoing Sudanese peace negotiations in Juba, ...

Darfur lawyers: ‘No legal grounds to keep political prisoners’

March 1 - 2020 ZALINGEI / KHARTOUM / JUBA The Sudanese transitional government has released three displaced people who had been detained for five years in Nyala prison in South Darfur. The government also released 21 ...

EU pledges further €100 million to support democratic transition in Sudan

February 29 - 2020 KHARTOUM / BRUSSELS The European Union has announced a grant of €100 million to support the civilian-led authorities in Sudan to meet the most pressing needs of the democratic transition. In a press statement ...

Analyst: ‘Lifting of subsidies in Sudan leads to social, political instability’

February 28 - 2020 KHARTOUM Economists continue to warn against the consequences of lifting subsidies on commodities in light of the decline in the purchasing power of the Sudanese Pound and the continuing surge of prices in ...

Sudan’s RAC claims ‘detainee tortured to death’

February 27 - 2020 EL OBEID The Revolutionary Awakening Council (RAC) led by former janjaweed leader Musa Hilal claims that one of its members has died in the prison of El Obeid, capital of North Kordofan, while another detained ...

German President begins two-day visit to Sudan

February 27 - 2020 KHARTOUM The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, arrived in Khartoum today accompanied by a high-level delegation for an official two-day official visit to Sudan. He was ...

Khartoum demo damns Ethiopian dam

February 26 - 2020 KHARTOUM Activists from Blue Nile state organised a protest vigil in front of the Council of Ministers offices in Khartoum yesterday. They point to the dangers posed by the construction of the Renaissance Dam ...

Sudan lifts restrictions on NGOs

February 26 - 2020 KHARTOUM All obstacles, complications, and procedures, which the ousted Al Bashir regime put in place to obstruct the work of humanitarian organisations and United Nations agencies in Sudan, have been ...

 

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