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Severe bread and cooking gas shortages hit Sudan


January 19, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – Several Sudanese states including the capital Khartoum have witnessed sharp shortages in bread and cooking gas as large numbers of people queued in front of bakeries and gas cylinders distribution shops.

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Sudanese wait in a queue to buy bread from a bakery in Khartoum on November 19, 2013 (Photo AFP/Ibrahim Hamid)

The bakeries union attributed the shortage to dissolution of bakeries unions in all states.

Several towns in Gezira state besides River Nile state town of Shendi saw severe shortage of bread while residents of north Khartoum and East Nile localities in Khartoum state complained of the same problem.

In a tour made on Sunday, a Sudan Tribune reporter verified the extent of the crisis at several bakeries due to lack of wheat flour.

A similar situation erupted last November with the government attributing it to an administrative glitch in the distribution of baking flour quotas.

Several bakery owners said that they are getting 50% less flour quotas assigned to them.

The owner of a bakery in al-Sahafa neighborhood east of Khartoum said that shortage in baking flour began two months ago when distributing agents reduced quotas of bakeries by 25%, pointing that quota was again reduced by another 25% two days ago.

Sharp differences occurred last year between Khartoum state government and bakeries union which is part of the union of the industrial chambers on bread price following the recent economic measures.

The bakeries union proposed selling 3 loafs of bread instead of 4 loafs at one pound or reducing bread weight which is determined by the state at 70 grams. However, the government rejected the proposal and maintained the price and weight of bread.

Sudan currently imports more than 2 million tons of wheat annually at a cost of $900 million.

Last September the government announced the second batch of subsidies cut but kept its support to prices of the bread.

The reduction of subsidies on basic commodities are part of an austerity plan introduced in July 2012 to reduce the government spending by $1.23 billion.

The measures led to countrywide demonstrations in which rights groups say that over 200 Sudanese were killed.


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  • 20 January 2014 07:37, by South South

    This is very good, we told them in the past that without South Sudan people in Sudan will die. Now, look, people are lining up in front of the bakery to get a piece of bread to eat. This is sweet.

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    • 20 January 2014 08:32, by Mohammed Ali 2

      SS, Mr. Hatred , that is good! What will SS pple do for us? They are killed brutaly or dying from hunger in thousands.The main reason is hatred.You don’t kill poor innocent childerens & women unless you are empty plastic bag fiiled with hatred. Just like you!

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  • 20 January 2014 08:41, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Again look at this picture 3-4 pple at the front of the bakery. Do you call this queu ? Then look at the horrofic columens of your innocenet terrified pple fleeing the horror instigated by your Galant SPLA and cleptocratic leaders! The whole world is watching the horror.Pathetic!

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    • 20 January 2014 13:19, by South South

      Mohammed Ali2 and Solider,
      Why two of you are very angry from me? Iam not the one who wrote this article. Iam just stating facts. I know facts are hard to swallow. Let’s talk about severe bread shortage that hit Sudan, that’s what the article about. Insulting people of South Sudan will do you no good because your people are dying and they need food to eat. Oh, poor people of Sudan.

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  • 20 January 2014 13:15, by Pif Paf

    This bread shortage has nothing to do with S.Sudan separation. Its been almost 3 years since the separation now and it looks like its you who cant survive without north. What ever shortages there might be, its nothing compared to what S.Sudan is experiencing. Anyways we wish u guys luck.

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    • 20 January 2014 13:25, by South South

      "Its been almost 3 years since the separation now"
      No my dear, the separation of South Sudan is two years old. Get the facts first and than throw out these big words. If you do not know the facts, why are talking with us here? Sudan is struggling now because of separation of South Sudan. The all world knows that except some lairs from Khartoum. There is nothing we can do about them. Lairs.

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      • 20 January 2014 13:36, by South South

        "say AL HAMDO LI ALLAH he separated us from those sick devils"
        So you are getting oil from South Sudan now and eat from it. So you can eat with devils, that is the way shit Allah told you. You see what I have been saying here. People of Allah are lairs, the go to the mosque and say prayers and then in the middle of the night they are thieves. Why there is corruption in Sudan now?

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        • 20 January 2014 13:39, by South South

          Sudan is ruled now by Islamic laws, why there is corruption in an Islamic country like Sudan? Why? Fake Arabs, lairs, thieves, hypocrite and wicked.

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