South Sudan market booms as roads reopen

Juba, Sudan, Nov 23 | Updated: Nov 24 2005, 05:30am hrs
Cheery tones of African music blare in the colourful Juba market, where business is booming since deminers cleared and reopened a key trade route after a peace deal to end two decades of war in Sudans south.

Juba, capital of the south, is now awash with foreign goods from neighbouring countries. Goods like Ugandan pineapples, hair products and alcohol, scarce in the government garrison town since the 1970s, crowd the market stalls.

I think Im developing high blood pressure because I cannot believe my eyes at all the things we have here, said Juba resident Josephine Goj.

I hope my high blood pressure doesnt finish me off! she said, beaming from ear to ear as she said she could finally get good food for her four children.