protests continue in Sudan amidst hike in prices

Protests Continue in Sudan Amid ‘Unprecedented Price Increases’

Protests erupted in Khartoum, Omdurman, and El Obeid, capital of North Kordofan, against the continuing shortages of bread and fuel. Food prices increased  again.

In Suakin in Red Sea state, people blocked roads on Sunday in protest against the water crisis.

The markets in Khartoum and other places in the country are witnessing an unprecedented rise in the prices of basic commodities.

“Prices of items  have doubled, and in some cases tripled,” a protestor complained to Radio Dabanga from Omdurman. “Many families who were already eating only one meal per day, now really don’t know how to survive anymore.”

In Khartoum state, about 2,000 bakeries closed their doors due to the flour crisis. Fights erupted amongst people queuing for hours in front of the few bakeries that were still working.

At Street 40, a main transit road in Omdurman, protests against the bread crisis resulted in clashes between policemen and protesters.

The police fired tear gas intensively to disperse the crowd that called for the fall of the current government of Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. A number of protesters blocked the road.

People in El Obeid in North Kordofan state are said to be suffering from a severe bread crisis currently.

Ali Ibrahim, a leader member of the Forces for Freedom and Change in North Kordofan, told Radio Dabanga that the city had witnessed “a complete lack of subsidised bread, while the price of a small loaf on the market rose to SDG6.

The daily costs of bread for an average family amounts to SDG300, he said. “Many families are not able anymore to bear the costs.”

In Suakin, near Port Sudan in Red Sea state, people blocked the Khartoum-Port Sudan highway on Sunday, in protest against the lack of drinking water in the town.

The commercial price of a bucket of drinking water that jumped last week from SDG50 to SDG120, rose over the weekend to SDG150. “More people now are using salt water, which is cheaper,”  A journalist, Mohamed Osheik told Radio Dabanga.

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