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Khartoum seizes trucks smuggling food to South Sudan

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April 26, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese authorities have impounded more than 60 vehicles carrying food across the borders to South Sudan, an official said on Thursday, warning that Khartoum intends to rigidly enforce a ban on smuggling to the southern neighbor.

Last week Sudan announced plans to declare a state of emergency in areas bordering South Sudan and fight food smuggling to its former southern territory that became an independent state in July last year.

The move comes amid unprecedented levels of tension between the two neighbors since South Sudan briefly occupied two weeks ago the disputed region of Heglig which supplies Khartoum with half of its daily oil output.

The Sudanese justice minister, Mohammed Boshara Dosa, visited White Nile State where he inspected more than 60 trucks impounded by local authorities as they carried food and petro items across the borders.

Dosa said that the seizure is meant to signal the fact that Khartoum considers smuggling of food to South Sudan as “a crime tantamount to supplying the enemy with arms”

Dosa further warned that law-enforcement authorities would crackdown take all necessary measures to ensure that smuggling is prevented.

He also instructed the authorities to bring those who were caught smuggling food to trial.

Sudanese first Vice-President Ali Osman Mohammad Taha asked the parliament last week to amend laws in order to allow execution of anyone found guilty of smuggling food to South Sudan.

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  • 27 April 2012 12:38, by Martin Kat

    The food was not given by Sudan to South Sudan free of charge.
    it was Tit for Tat Sudan receives money and s Sudan receives goods the two countries are all losers. Sudan has loose money and therefore S Sudan has loose goods. S Sudan will get food from any country while Sudan have non country to sell its food.

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    • 27 April 2012 13:23, by Jewish Ally

      you are right the give food in exchange with mony, but one thing i want to tell my fellow Christian and other Southerners is that don’t be so silly, your enemy is not a good person that can supply you with food items
      who knows that food is free from pisionous substance risk your life by buying from them, you will all die if not careful.
      i welcome the Sanctioning of food supply to the South.

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      • 27 April 2012 13:25, by Jewish Ally

        to hell with their food,
        please and please turn to the East and you will get better things or resort in agriculture. you have rich agricultural land don’t be lazy
        God will bless you

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        • 27 April 2012 16:13, by Mach

          The Ethiopian, Kenyan, Ugandans, DRC and Central African Republic borders are free and traders these countries will take those business opportunities with South Sudan. Those were northern traders that were denied opportunities to make money. What’s more stupid than that to imposed economic boycott against oneself! Sudan is actually doing our jobs.

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        • 28 April 2012 11:15, by Daniel Buolmawei

          "you have rich agricultural land don’t be lazy."

          Absolutely, you are right my friend. We want to get rid of laziness if we are surely think of being second Israel in Africa as we’re now described by the world media. People of Israel live by hard works and we have to do the same. My family have lived for centuries through farming our rich land and we have never export foods from any one. Why do---

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          • 28 April 2012 11:18, by Daniel Buolmawei

            They think we can’t live another coming centuries through cultivating our rich land without exporting any foods from Sudan? Their food traders will turn against them very soon. Let’s wait and see. Daniel, from the State of Kush.

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      • 27 April 2012 14:23, by Longa

        The security system of using food as weapon will not work. I thought Taha is different as he is more learned person in NCP and also he looks somebody who is visionary but he is poisonous.He may be worse than Omer Beshir in dealing with South Sudan.Security will normalize when these issues are solved: Demarcation of boarder, Abyei,South Kordofan and South Blue Nile but rushing for oil.

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  • 27 April 2012 12:43, by Pauli

    We don’t need food from fake Arabs we have our brothers and sisters from East Africa where we can collaborate in term of business and other issues. Your food mostly contains poisonous substances you go to hell with your food or any other products.

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  • 27 April 2012 12:51, by mosa mel

    Khartoum govt add more fire to the fuel. That move will add more economic difficulty to Sudan. Just last for few days.

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  • 27 April 2012 13:29, by codewizards

    One of the South Sudanese agriculturalists just told me not to worry about this food issue because Renk is fertile enough and they (NPA) are going to make use of the land to produce enough food. NPA already had enough fields in Upper Nile and there is nothing to worry about. We produce our own food.

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  • 27 April 2012 14:35, by Beneben Bai

    we need to be carefull about goods from sudan. they closed border last year but failed to acheive anything. our situation now is not like when we were fighting for more than 20 years. they do not know that this move will cause arab spring in sudan. they are the looser because we will keep getting our food internally and from east african coutries. let them send their goods to Egypt and Chard.

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  • 27 April 2012 15:52, by wad balad

    This was a long overdue. The attack on higlieg showed how much the south depends on the north for food. As the SPLM retreated from higlieg and left thier pick up trucks, SAF found it loaded with food from the north. We cannot feed the south while they attack us. This move will also help bring down food prices in the local markets or it can be exported to other markets.

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    • 27 April 2012 16:28, by Beneben Bai

      wad baled, think economically. we can not deny that we get some food items from the sudan but not for free of charge. if you think you feed us why have U been crying on our oil and sometimes steal it in billions of USD? do you have your sense? keep your food with you if you don’t want us benefit from it as you said and forget about our oil. it will be a big shame if that come up in the next talk

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    • 27 April 2012 16:55, by Beneben Bai

      wad baled, do you know how many benefits you get from S.Sudan? your khartoum gvt needs to be careful. S. Sudan can simply close the border when your millions of nomads need to come to RoSS for water and grassing. your traders will push harder to make things worst for you in khartoum if you keep them off without crossing to S.Sudan with their goods. you will find nothing in your market bcos of that

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  • 27 April 2012 15:55, by E. Defense Forces
  • 27 April 2012 16:20, by equtoria helped

    ALLAH AIKBAR! ALLAH AKBAR! ALLAH AKBAR!

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  • 27 April 2012 16:24, by Eastern

    South Sudan is a very fertile country. I don’t know waht is the fun in depending on goods from neighbouring countries. Can’t we cultivate. I hate to hear the phrase ’smuggling food to South Sudan’. WFP free food during the war has really spoilt you people!!! Wake up lazy bones!!!

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  • 27 April 2012 18:11, by E. Defense Forces
  • 27 April 2012 20:44, by E. Defense Forces
  • 28 April 2012 02:41, by Samzil-Messiah 2

    Politics As Usual...NowThis Is Really Stupid...Are There No Economic Analyst In Khartoum Who Should Advice The NCP Leaders That They Will Be The Ones Losing In The Long-Run?This Is Business Let Entrepreneurs From Both Sides Trade Freely...If Not South Sudan Still Has Like 5 More Bordering Nations That We Can Trade With.

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