08 Oct

Aid boom brings olive oil and cornflakes to Darfur

The piles of dates and bowls of fragrant ginger and cumin at the entrance give a traditional Sudanese feel to Mohamed Osman Babkir’s dusty general store.

But step inside and the unprepared customer is transported to a trendy European foodhall. Bottles of olive oil from Spain, balsamic vinegar from Italy and jars of preserved cherries are stacked neatly on shelves.

While two million people languish in Darfur’s humanitarian camps, canny Sudanese businessmen are making a killing from the foreign aid workers who have flooded the region.

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