Home | News    Tuesday 10 July 2012

Bread shortages hit Sudan as president annuls decision to lift wheat subsidies


July 9, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Various parts of Sudan’s capital Khartoum and other regional towns are beginning to witness shortages of bread coupled with exorbitant price increases, in the latest manifestation of a growing economic crisis.

Sudan’s economy has been grappling with soaring inflation, which hit 30 percent in May, and a depreciating currency since the country lost three quarters of its oil production to South Sudan when the latter seceded in July last year.

Worsening economic conditions sparked a wave of street protests that has been gripping the capital and other regional towns for the last three weeks.

Citizens interviewed by Sudan Tribune in Khartoum complained that the price of bread and many other food commodities has gone up in the last few days. They also said they had to stand in long queues on Monday to buy bread. Bread is an essential part of standard Sudanese meals.

Meanwhile, local newspapers reported on Tuesday that President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir reversed a resolution by the minister of finance, Ali Mahmood Abdel-Rasool, to lift wheat subsidies by increasing the price of one ton of wheat from $2,800 to $4,400.

Sudan’s protests were originally sparked by the government’s decision to lift subsidies of a number of commodities including fuel and sugar as part of tough austerity measures officials say are required to make up for a budget deficit of $2.4 billion.

Police and security authorities have so far managed to contain the protests using teargas, rubber bullets and sweeping arrests.

Activist groups say more than 2,000 people have been arrested since the protests began on 16 June.

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) attributes the economic crisis exclusively to the loss of oil income when South Sudan seceded taking with 75% of production.

Opponents of the NCP, however, point to rampant corruption and overspending on defense and security as to the real cause of the economic crisis.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 10 July 2012 11:42, by Ayom Dor


    repondre message

    • 10 July 2012 13:01, by mohammed ali

      If you need bread I can send you directly now from Khartoum. The price remain the same! Sudan Tribune may be talking about another Khartoum. Smugglers who smuggle food to SS are still doing the same job as prices there are 5 times higher.Inflation is More than 80% in May. Certainly now is much higher.

      repondre message

      • 10 July 2012 19:51, by zulu

        Mohamed Ali
        You can send the bread and the protests will continue

        repondre message

      • 10 July 2012 23:06, by Observer

        Mohammed Ali,
        That is a blatant lie.
        I actually live in Khartoum and the bread prices have rised and there have been queues all day in the bakeries.

        Also our inflation is running at 48% for last month and likely to rise to well above 50% for July. ( those are the official figures- not the ones given to you by your employer to go mouth off in forums like this)

        repondre message

        • 10 July 2012 23:44, by mohammed ali

          Mr.Observer, can a lier tell me that I am lying? Never! Here is proof that you are a lier!""Inflation shot from 21.3 percent in February to 80 percent in May, pushing essential food and supplies way beyond the reach of ordinary people. Half of South Sudan’s 9.7 million people are facing food shortages – more than double the number last year,” it adds." This from a western agency " oxfam" not NCP..

          repondre message

          • 10 July 2012 23:57, by mohammed ali

            con: It is on Sudan Tribune :http://www.sudantribune.com/South-s-Sudan-economy-falters-on,43201
            Since you are a proven lier, your ques of bread is a lie! I have just bought bread at 10:30pm Tomorrow you will hear Americans telling u how to avoid TOTAL COLLAPSE of SS. Something we don’t want.SS refugees are already filling the streets of Khartoum, where they could find peace,love, food & bread!

            repondre message

            • 11 July 2012 05:25, by Observer

              Mohamed Ali,

              You seem to be confused. I was referring to our inflation rate ( you are talking about S Sudan) and the Finance Minister admitted it was over 40% last month.

              Of course there is no queue at 10.30pm in Khartoum but there was at 10.30am this morning.You just needed to br driving around Amarat and you would have seen them

              repondre message

  • 10 July 2012 12:49, by Anti Dinka’s

    All this years Northerners Never came to the street to support there brothers & Sisters in south been killed and Bomb by the government in Khartoum

    Now they running out of food and gasoline and benzene No Jobs No Money life is becoming impossible in Khartoum
    They are Now talking about getting ready of Dinkey AL-Bashir Goverment Or NCP

    Funny how things turn out In old and useless Sudan

    repondre message

    • 10 July 2012 13:52, by Northern Sudanese

      Anti Dinka’s

      stop making up lies, since when are we running out of food? you ran out of food already ad fully depend on importing food thats why more than halve your people are hungry.

      sudan tribune has made this up, there is bread everywhere in sudan. its just that the bread prices went higher due to inflation. this happened lots of times in sudan. i am in khartoum and buy bread everyday.

      repondre message

      • 10 July 2012 14:45, by Majongdit

        Northern Sudanese, Do you now agree that Sudan Tribune has made up a lot of stories about South Sudan that you have always used to abuse S Sudanese in this forum? Remember, here you deal with educated people. One day you will accept why I refer to you as a boy.

        repondre message

      • 10 July 2012 16:37, by Nibs

        ’i buy breads everyday’,lol!this idiot can go to any extence to cover up beshit regime.come on old chap,you can’t affort local brew’marisa’ leave alone bread. The fakest people are those who brags about their success and honestly you fit in.

        repondre message

        • 10 July 2012 19:59, by Northern Sudanese


          Fuck you, yes i do buy it everyday. only the price went up but its not ran out! unlike you who can’t afford anything and can’t even feed your family and halve your country. you are like salva, caring more about Khartoum than his own people. you truly deserve to be an ’original’ SPLA insect!

          repondre message

          • 10 July 2012 21:15, by Nibs

            F**k!?,i will blame it on your environ,unfortunately you were probably brough up in a filth househood.please don’t attempt to lecture me with your utter rubbish,price goes up?you want to distort everything?you are surely ass-licking sycophant.

            repondre message

    • 10 July 2012 16:23, by mohammed ali

      Anti Dinka, do you really believe what you had said?! Who is runing out of food? Come to any resturant low, medium or high income one , you will find it full with pple & food.If there is shortage the world food program would have announced that.They only announced that more than 50% of the pple of South Sudan are starving! That was last year. Now I can tell you it is more than 80% are starving.

      repondre message

      • 10 July 2012 17:03, by Hardball

        N. Sudanese and Ali, if everything is okay in Khartoum now; then why are you so defensive about it? We are happy for you if everything over there is fine. Sudan Tribune made all these things up! The life over there in Khartoum is as good as 2010 and 2011.

        repondre message

        • 10 July 2012 19:56, by Northern Sudanese


          we do admit that life has become harder, but we don’t say that bread has ran out? prices have went up due to 30% inflation.

          repondre message

  • 10 July 2012 12:53, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Please do not kill the inocent civilian,they are crying for their rights,food is for human life,it is like fuel for Vehicles movemnt.


    repondre message

    • 10 July 2012 13:53, by Northern Sudanese

      okucu pa lotinokwan

      you need urgent medical treatment.

      repondre message

  • 10 July 2012 13:55, by Northern Sudanese

    White Nile sugar factory is to open in the coming days. its gonna help alot in reducing the inflation. we had been waiting for this project since 1970!

    repondre message

    • 10 July 2012 14:38, by Majongdit

      Northern Sudanese, Face the reality and stop hiding behind the curtains of propaganda. There is something I hate so much with almost all Arabs: pretence. This is like a culture. Learn to admit and accept situations whether they are shameful or not. I am surprised you compete with a country established just a year ago. Excuse me, it is raining here we shall another time. I am in an evergreen countr

      repondre message

      • 10 July 2012 15:18, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        They don’t believed in truth, even telling them that profit Mohamed was an evil, they said no it was a God, they are like Nuer of south Sudan who always associated themselves with fake spiritual gods,
        The bread is finished but they will never gone believed you, the die with deny since they were brought up with lies, they will know want the salvation killed everybody in Khartoum

        repondre message

        • 10 July 2012 16:15, by Northern Sudanese

          Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          Fuck you insect! speaking about our prophet? fuck you!

          go feed your poor family which is searching for food and depends on food aid. bread finished? there is bread everywhere! i buy it everyday!

          repondre message

          • 10 July 2012 17:08, by Hardball

            N. Sudanese, yes you can afford bread because you have South Sudan stolen oil money while poor northerners cannot; that’s why they are on the street protesting for the last two weeks!

            repondre message

            • 10 July 2012 19:51, by Northern Sudanese


              please don’t mention your oil again, you shut it down a long time ago and are now killing yourself with it.

              those who are protesting can afford it of course, but they are against the high prices and don’t want NCP. they are less than 0.1% of sudan population which is 30 milion

              repondre message

          • 11 July 2012 06:48, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

            come on, you could be a good person to tell the truth but due to your wicked and evil islamic religion, you turn out to be such lies and dany idiot, but know what? there is no such thing as allah it is a pagan moon god ISLAM is EVIL a cult religion that killed millions of people and thats the truth

            repondre message

            • 11 July 2012 11:21, by Northern Sudanese

              Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

              your foolishness can’t make me leave my religion, you are a dumb southerner like the rest of your people. thats why 80% of your people can’t read or write and make up lies. southerners are very known in northern cities for crimes, breaking rules, theft ect.... they only know killing, thats why you kill each other for cattle.

              repondre message

      • 10 July 2012 16:13, by Northern Sudanese


        hiding behind curtains of propaganda is what you south sudanese do. you have 4.7 milion starving people, yet you believe you can survive? or are in a better condition?

        South Sudan has been part of Sudan, it knows everything about sudan. its not like uganda competing south sudan. this is sudan vs other part of sudan. sudan vs other part of sudan which took away 75% of the oil.

        repondre message

        • 10 July 2012 16:57, by Nibs

          N.sudanese,i have keenly look at your comments in this site and relise that you are either stupid or you have very little education.all your arguaments lack objectives, besides we know you are a ’journalist’,but please spare us your nonsense news of nile sugar factory.

          repondre message

          • 10 July 2012 19:47, by Northern Sudanese


            stupid and little education is what you south sudanese have, thats why 80% of your people can’t read or write. ’’all your arguaments lack objectives’’ like what arguments for e.g? give me any, i am really interested.

            white nile sugar factory: if you can read arabic read this


            anything else?

            repondre message

          • 10 July 2012 20:34, by Northern Sudanese


            The factory is expected to produce 150,000 tonnes of sugar this season, 60 million litter of ethanol and 104 MW of electricity which will meet the factory’s power need and supply the national grid. The factory’s maximum output is expected to reach 450,000 tonnes of sugar when the area cultivated with sugar cane is increased from 35,000 to 165,000 acres.


            repondre message

            • 10 July 2012 21:29, by Nibs

              N.sudanese,i don’t read that crap called arabic.good that you are interested in solving your conginetal abnormalities.(1)you lack objectives b/co ur comments are base rhetoric,like 80% this,4.7 m that etc.no new ideas,you cont..

              repondre message

              • 10 July 2012 21:47, by Nibs

                ...normally come in with ur own news which are absolutely irrelavent(2)you are stupid simple b/co of your foul-mouth,(3)your little education is prominent since you believe everything analylists said.analylists said s.sudan will be a fail state within months,they said construction of p/l through kenya is impossible,4.7m are starving!can’t you see small con..

                repondre message

                • 10 July 2012 21:53, by Nibs

                  ...knowledge is dangerouse.the other day you were bragging abt gold,you went as far as estimating the cost.now it is sugar,what is next n.sudanese?

                  repondre message

                  • 11 July 2012 00:47, by Northern Sudanese


                    Gold is still working and it takes time. we target production of 50 ton this year and 70 in coming years. ’’you went as far as estimating the cost.now it is sugar,what is next n.sudanese?’’ so you mean we must focus on one thing? we have lots of resources. sugar is another project and we have many in sudan. oil production alone will reach 320,000 b/d by 2016. next we have agriculture

                    repondre message

                • 11 July 2012 00:42, by Northern Sudanese

                  ’’normally come in with ur own news’’ they are UN reports, not my news

                  ’’you are stupid simple b/co of your foul-mouth’’ calling me stupid you insect?

                  ’’s.sudan will be a fail state within months’’ 98% fucked, 4.7 milion starving, 80% cant read or write is that a succesful state?

                  ’’construction of p/l through kenya is impossible’’ it is, for ssudanese. US urges ssudan to reach an agreement

                  repondre message

              • 11 July 2012 00:37, by Northern Sudanese
                • 11 July 2012 08:18, by Nibs

                  N.sudanese,let me assume your logic since you are a believer of UN reports,sudan is ranked 3th of the fail states,s.sudan is far much better do you also believe that?

                  repondre message

                  • 11 July 2012 11:26, by Northern Sudanese


                    come on, sudan 3rd failed state is not a UN report. we have infrastructure, rodds, buildings, untapped oil, education, order, higher per capita, better economy, dams , factories and today we opened white nile sugar factory the largest in Africa.

                    can you believe that? only stupid people believe that!

                    you can’t feed halve your people, 80% can’t read and you think your better than sudan??????

                    repondre message

        • 10 July 2012 23:08, by Observer

          Northern Sudanese,

          According to the Govt we have 47% of our population ( approx 14 million) living in poverty.
          Who are we to point fingers at South Sudan??

          repondre message

          • 11 July 2012 00:30, by Northern Sudanese


            the fact that your south sudanese? explains everything.....

            repondre message

            • 11 July 2012 04:23, by Hardball

              North Sudanese, you should have a lot of respect for Mr. Observer; he might be one of your own; just because he is telling the truth doesn’t make him a South Sudanese! Forgive me if I am wrong.

              repondre message

            • 11 July 2012 05:54, by Observer

              N Sudanese,

              I am as Sudanese as you are. Just because I am not a blind, beleive everything NCP supporter, don;t assume that I am S Sudanese.

              Just for your interest I am Sudanese, work in Khartoum, have a Sudanese passport.

              repondre message

              • 11 July 2012 11:22, by Northern Sudanese


                prove it, itkalam 3arabie law inta fe3lan sudani!

                repondre message

  • 10 July 2012 16:48, by Majongdit

    Northern Sudanese, Do you now agree that Sudan Tribune has made up a lot of stories about South Sudan that you have always used to abuse S Sudanese in this forum? You now accept that the report about 4.7 M hungry S Sudanese was also a lie. Remember, here you deal with educated people. One day you will accept why I refer to you as a boy.


    repondre message

    • 10 July 2012 19:41, by Northern Sudanese


      Sudan tribune is a sudanese newspaper, newspapers normally add unreal statements to make it look worse. however, this is something normal and citizens automatically know it when its true or false.

      when it comes to south sudan, it is real because south sudan lost 98% of its revenue. 4.7 milion starving is not a lie, it is true and known all over the world, not just S.tribune

      repondre message

      • 11 July 2012 00:50, by mohamed mahgoub

        N.Sudanese once u thought I was asoutherner and asked me to stay out your affairs why don’t u stop talking about the south and focus on your problems and find away out of it .Its normal to have spring prices and scaresity of comodities due to inflation ,corruption,high fuel price ,no hard currency.and all these problems in the south but there is no protests in the streets you tell me why?

        repondre message

        • 11 July 2012 11:29, by Northern Sudanese

          mohamed mahgoub

          i am caring about sudan, i am commenting on an article about sudan. but its insects which keep commenting here, i reply to them by mentioning what is happening in their country.

          inta law sudani itkalam 3arabi! bayen 3aleik ginoubie bas XD

          repondre message

          • 12 July 2012 00:53, by mohamed mahgoub

            N. Sudanese you are the one whose not Sudani may be one of those bearded gays roaming the steers of khartoum from Iran or Arab afgans the NCP brought a lot of them to wage the jihad war I hope they pay u good this is the only benefit u can get there is no Islam there

            repondre message

  • 10 July 2012 17:45, by Sudani+

    SS, ST,
    Are you serious there is bread shortage!!!

    For the one called Dinaka Dominated!!
    Please do not talk about prophet and the almighty god (Allah) in this!! I am afraid that you will be punished for that soon!! if you do not give up you ill behavior.
    You are free not to be a Muslim (God only will judge on you), but it s not acceptable to attack others’ religion and sacred and divine believes

    repondre message

    • 11 July 2012 06:53, by Dr.Feel Good

      @Sudan+, please don’t let a religion burn you down.Evil Mohamed taught you all to kill innocent lives within your areas and even across the ocean. you dehumanized women and then you all(men) turned to Whores. men don’t swear like a whore/slut who got fucked and never paid by her pimp.
      Why do you concern about evil Mohamed? The government has declared war to next door Neighbour. Cont

      repondre message

    • 11 July 2012 07:09, by Dr.Feel Good

      Am not religious person but truth must be said, even though you whores don’t like the truth to be heard. In the holy Bible, it says that "love your Neighbour the way you love yourself"...it’s shameful for your whore to called South insects, and you all supported it. Now you can see your Mohamed is evil Mohamed being worship by whores and your pimps from South cuts your payments due to your madnes

      repondre message

  • 10 July 2012 21:07, by Samzil-Messiah 2

    Haha!I’m So Appalled At The Recession In Sudan...Wonder How Much A Pair Of Sandals...Jalabia N Boxers Is Gonna Cost...Inflation Is Putting Sudan In A Predicament They Won’t Be Able To Fully Recover Easily...Why Not Disconnect Internet N Buy Bread Instead Of Manipulating Words Online(Sudanese Who Are On S.Tribune)

    repondre message

    • 11 July 2012 00:28, by Northern Sudanese

      Samzil-Messiah 2

      why do you cry about sudan so much? making fun about 30% inflation while you face 80% inflation as soon as you go out your house?

      repondre message

      • 11 July 2012 05:45, by Samzil-Messiah 2

        @Northern Sudanese
        Ok Cool, Alright U’r Right... I Admit It...You Got Me Good On This One...

        repondre message

        • 11 July 2012 06:47, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          come on, you could be a good person to tell the truth but due to your wicked and evil islamic religion, you turn out to be such lies and dany idiot, but know what? there is no such thing as allah it is a pagan moon god ISLAM is EVIL a cult religion that killed millions of people and thats the truth

          repondre message

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

What Makes an Uprising? 2021-09-03 17:29:45 By: Dr Lam Akol* In an undated article, Hon. Atem Garang de Kuek discussed what was required for an uprising in South Sudan to succeed as did three uprisings in the recent history of Sudan (...)

Is IGAD partly responsible for current confusion in South Sudan? 2021-08-21 09:41:17 By Bol Khan In April 2016, Radio Tamazuj posted and answered questions about the fainting Security arrangements or demilitarization of the capital, Juba as stipulated in 2015's signed ARCSS and (...)

South Sudan People Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA) is to create warlords 2021-08-19 11:06:28 By Steve Paterno In South Sudan, where just about everyone has access to guns (tons of them), and almost every ambitious politician is a potential warlord, any slight destabilization of the (...)


Latest Press Releases

Statemeny bu Hala al-Karib to UN Security Council on women conditions in Sudan 2021-09-15 11:59:16 Statement by Ms Hala Al-Karib to the UN Security Council 14 September 2021 Madam President, Excellencies, My name is Hala Al-Karib and I am the Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative (...)

Joint Communiqué on the visit of H.E. the Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan to Juba 2021-08-23 11:23:26 19 – 21 August 2021 His Excellency Dr Abdallah Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Sudan and Chairperson of IGAD, accompanied by Ministers of Defence, Foreign Affairs, Trade, (...)

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)


Copyright © 2003-2021 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.