4 January 2012

Sudan: Prices Keep Rising in Darfur

Photo: IRIN
A fresh produce market: Citizens say they are unable to purchase necessary basic goods due to rising prices.

Nyala — There are reports of continued high increases in the prices of consumer goods across villages and towns in the three states of Darfur.

A witness in Al Lait Jar Al Nabi locality in North Darfur, said people were struggling to buy every day food items. A kilo of lamb reached 30 Sudanese Pounds.

In Nyala, reports said a two kilogram box of onions rose from 340 Sudanese pounds to 400. There is also a shortage of bread because of the raised price of flour.

Fuel prices also continue to rise with a gallon costing 30 Sudanese pounds. Witnesses said there were long queues at gas stations due to regulation by security authorities. Cars were only allowed a daily maximum of two gallons.

A number of traders attributed the price rises to the late arrivals of commercial trucks, being heavily blockaded by security forces along the route from Khartoum to Nyala.

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