Sudanese protestors block South Sudanese oilfield chemicals
Hundreds of protesters blocked the Jouda border crossing in Sudan’s White Nile State, preventing trucks transporting oil production chemicals and equipment from reaching the Paloch region of South Sudan’s Upper Nile State.
Protesters have shut down the border crossing north of South Sudan’s Renk region for the last two weeks, demanding education and health facilities, as well as the delineation of the two nations’ borders.
They also requested the reopening of investigations into a case in which 200 people were murdered two weeks after Sudan’s independence in 1956.
In a message seen by NCMP, in a radio Tamazuj report. on Tuesday, Abdullah Ibrahim, a spokesperson for the protestors, said that the aim of the protests was to accomplish genuine goals.
“Our requests include the provision of education, health, and power services, as well as the delineation of boundaries to establish the validity of the disputed Dabh al Fakar region between the two Sudanese nations since we lost agricultural and residential land,” Ibrahim said.
He said that they would cease protesting if their demands are fulfilled.
According to Awo Daniel Chuang, the undersecretary of the Ministry of Petroleum in South Sudan, the delay in the delivery of chemicals needed in oil production by firms working in the Paloch oil field would have a detrimental effect and that they are in discussions with their Sudanese counterparts.
Attempts to contact officials in Sudan’s White Nile State proved unsuccessful. The Sudanese and South Sudanese governments agreed on Thursday to open four border crossings in October, including the Jouda border post.