Sudan has inaugurated a railway linking the north and south for the first time since decades of civil war affected the country. Officials said the railway will provide a crucial economic link and lower commercial transportation costs. The 446-kilometer railway was originally built in the 1960s and will re-connect the town of Babanusa in central Sudan to Wau town in the south. There are a few, poor roads between the south and the north but they become almost impassable during the long rainy season. At the inauguration of the railway, Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir promised more railway connections in Sudan extending from Wau to Rumbek, Juba and Uganda. He said that he had agreed with Uganda and Kenyan on business deals to empower the country’s economy. This project cost $51 million and was funded largely by the Unity Support Fund, which was established by presidential decree in June 2008 ahead of the 2011 referendum on South Sudan’s independence. International donors were also involved with some funding administered by the World Bank. (Reuters, The Sudan Tribune)

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