Wednesday, December 23, 2009

S. Sudan: Malakal dockers say insecurity is reducing trade

Malakal Dockers Say Insecurity is Reducing Freight Traffic
Report by SRS - Sudan Radio Service, 22 December 2009:
(Malakal) – Dockers at Malakal port in Upper Nile say that the insecurity situation in the state has greatly reduced the amount of activity at the port.

The leader of the dockworkers’ union in Malakal, Sharaf El-Din Mustafa, told SRS that the amount of goods coming through the port has steadily diminished.

[Sharaf El-Din]: “These days, the situation has become very unpredictable. Traders used to come here, shipping at least about 3000 or 4000, sometimes up to 5000 sacks, now they are bringing 300, 400 or 500 sacks. The recent incidents have really scared people. Frankly, all of us are scared.”

Sharaf El-Din Mustafa, the leader of the dock-workers’ union in Malakal, spoke to SRS on Saturday.
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