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Sudan's crisis

02 January 2019, 11:32

I am currently living in Sudan and have witnessed the tear gas and live ammunition on the protesters in Khartoum. The people are protesting the price hike in bread rolls (from 1 Sudanese Pound to 3 Sudanese Pounds (29 Cents to 88 Cents a roll), the fuel shortage, some wait in their cars which are lined up for a km for up to 5 hours and also, very importantly the limit of withdrawals at banks.  

Money at atms can be withdrawn at varied times only and one can only withdraw up to 2000sdg (R587) at a time.  My husband waited 3 days ago for 5 hours for the machine to be loaded at 4pm at Khartoum Bank the other day. Cash withdrawals inside the banks are also limited to R587 a day, and as an example my husband waited inside the bank a week ago from 7.30am to 2.30pm for the bank to receive money. He was given a number.  

The queues are extremely long, people are desperate to get to their own cash. People are seriously underpaid as well. Sudanese teachers earn around 8000sdg  (R2357.00) a month (if they are lucky that is). Prices have doubled ince last (2 minute noodles where 8 pounds last year and are now 16). 

I have been told that people are literally starving in certain areas of Sudan and it is very sad. Sudanese are the warmest people I know, they do not deserve to be beaten, tear gassed and shot at by a dictator. I wish this would just end.

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