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Sudan: South Darfuri Warn About Famine in the Region


Nyala— People in Nyala, capital of North Darfur, expect extreme food insecurity leading to famine in the region. The prices of agricultural products are skyrocketing.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, a number of Nyala residents complain of “another significant rise” in food prices. They attributed the problem to the scarcity of supply, in particular of staple food such as sorghum and millet, and the closure of plundered markets in the city.

“The price of a 100kg sack of Wad Ahmed sorghum has already risen from SDG18,000 to SDG30,000 (about $50),” a crop trader at the Sha’abi Market in Nyala South said,

“A sack of millet now costs SDG52,000, while customers do not have the purchase power anymore to even buy food for the old prices.”

He added that “only few farmers dare to visit and cultivate their land because of the ongoing violence” and warned that the current food insecurity “will definitely lead to famine in the region.”

In May, traders in Nyala warned of an imminent food gap after the city’s crop market was destroyed by fire following fighting between army soldiers and paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces.

Earlier this month, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began distributing 10,000 tons sorghum, millet, groundnut, and sesame seeds to farmers in those parts of Sudan that are relatively secure.

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The residents of the South Darfur capital, the second largest city of the country, also reported that they suffer from the ongoing violence and the plundering of shops and houses.