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The worst pileup of emergency food grain of the African famine is about to clog Port Sudan. It comes at a time when the need for grain in remote inland areas has never been greater. Almost 10 million people do not have enough food in Sudan.Skip to next paragraph
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Ships carrying 240,000 tons of United States government grain will arrive there in the next five days, United Nations officials report -- enough to feed 16 million people for a month, or 1.3 million for a year.
But it can't be unloaded right away.
Average waiting time at Port Sudan is 12 days. If the grain could be unloaded it would collide with a backlog ahead of it: 237,000 tons of grain unloaded and awaiting transfer, plus 190,000 tons in ships at anchor.
``So we're talking about 240,000 tons piling on top of 427,000 tons,'' says an official with the UN relief coordinating agency, the World Food Program, in Rome.
Another obstacle to grain movements is the rail line from Kosti westward to Nyala in Sudan.
Not only is the line failing to carry enough relief grain to some 3 million people in remote areas, but also almost half the grain hauled last week vanished before arrival at Nyala. Some 6,000 tons left Nyala but only 3,430 tons reached the other end.
``Use your imagination,'' said a UN official, indicating corruption or theft or both.
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