Uptade Sugar shortage darkens Tunisian Eid festivities

TUNIS: In downtown Tunis, dozens of customers stand in a long queue snaking out of a supermarket to buy sugar, essential for the end of Ramadan celebrations eight days away.
The key ingredient for traditional sweets served to mark the end of the Muslim holy month is now being rationed to one to two kilogrammes per customer per week.
“I never thought that one day we would form a queue in Tunisia to buy sugar,” said Lamia Bouraoui, 58.
Like other basic foodstuffs in Tunisia, sugar is subsidised by the state.

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