Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

Sudan: Road Closure, Tolls, Squeeze Prices in North Darfur

El Fasher — The flow of commercial trucks and passenger buses between Kutum and El Fasher has stalled for the second week owing to the security situation in North Darfur.

The halt is a result of the increase in the number of check points and 'toll gates' established by pro-government militias along the road between the two cities - a situation first reported by Radio Dabanga in March.

The ongoing logistical situation has caused a rise in the prices of consumer goods. A cake of soap now costs SDG4 ($0.70), a sack of sugar SDG235 ($40), and a tin of oil SDG245 ($43).

An activist told Radio Dabanga that the militias' heavily armed Land Cruiser vehicles have become the only means of transportation for citizens between the two cities, with a travel fare of SDG150 ($26).

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