Africa Daily: How did bread get so expensive in Sudan?


Alan Kasujja BBC Africa Daily

Getting a sandwich shouldn’t be this hard. In Sudan, a shortage of bread has meant prices have gone through the roof.

Long queues outside bakeries have become a common sight in the capital, Khartoum.

“The cost has become so high that people aren’t buying in the same large quantities that they used to,” says Dalia Abdelmoniem, a baker in the capital.

Some people are getting restless and have begun protesting – not just over bread, but also about the rising prices of fuel and medicine.

“Many families cannot afford a meal a day,” says Hafiz Mohamed, an economist and human rights activist.

In Sudan, bread and politics go hand-in-hand. Few can forget that, back in 2019, it was partly down to bread prices that people started demanding the removal of President Omar al-Bashir from power.

So what’s behind this hike in prices? And what does it tell us about Sudan’s economic troubles?

Find out in Friday’s episode of Africa Daily.

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