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Sudan resumes river transport with South Sudan


A barge arrives at the river Nile port of Kosti on 21 Sept 2011 (Reuters photo)
October 22, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s River Nile port of Kosti in the White Nile State resumed on Tuesday the river transport operations between Sudan and South Sudan

After more than eight years of suspension, the While Nile State Governor Haider Ali al-Tarifi and Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP), David Beazley, saw the departure of three barges carrying food supplies down the River Nile to South Sudan.

Beazley who is visiting Sudan was in Kosti to attend this “historic event” saw the “three WFP-contracted barges loading 4,500 tons of food procured locally in Sudan. They then sailed upriver to the South Sudanese towns of Renk, Malakal and Bor,” said the WFP.

The 4500 tons of food are enough to feed 370,000 people for one month.

The resumption of river transport confirms the depth and strength of brotherly relations between the two peoples and contributes to achieving food security, he said according to the Sudan News Agency.

The river transport of humanitarian goods between Sudan and South Sudan largely stopped when the border closed after South Sudan’s independence in 2011. At the time Sudan accused Juba of supporting the SPLM-N rebels.

Ali Ismail Ali, director of the Nile River Transport Company in Kosti confirmed the company’s readiness to transport all food and goods whether for relief or commercial purposes.

He pointed out that the company has a large potential consisting of seventeen barges and 70 cargo ships for goods and petroleum products to cover the needs of transport between the two countries.

He added that the resumption of river transport operations began two trips every three days with an estimated tonnage of 170 tons.

He expected that the Nile River Transport Company will transport 100 thousand tons of cargo and petroleum products and the transportation of passengers.


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  • 23 October 2019 21:01, by Pakuai

    And who ’grow that food in North Sudan to be transported from El Kosti to South Sudan to South Sudan?’ I would be told by our lowly informed South Sudanese fools that it is the ’US, the UN, their evil juus (so-calleed israelis) and their sleazy NGOs who grow that food??’ Fellows, there are some people who just can’t live with the evils some of these days, reasons, HATRED and RACISM.>>>>>

    • 23 October 2019 21:06, by Pakuai

      Tell every piece of trash here in South Sudan to grow their own food, and they would not listen, but they just want to be living on the UN, NGOs and some of their creeps in between and fight their aimless war of ’Ngundeng Deng magician’ of who would be the best magician on earth. Fellows, watch this space>>>>

      • 23 October 2019 21:12, by Pakuai

        I am one of the boys who again help bomb ’the US, our cloned arabs of North Sudan, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, English people, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), some Bantuses and some of their creeps here in our region, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. We cannot share ’our mighty Nile River’ with our cloned arabs of North Sudan, Bantuses, evil juus (so-called isralis), white Americans,>>>>

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