A spokesman for the Municipality of Kufra, Abdullah Suleiman says the crisis in Sudan has driven the prices of sacrificial animals in Libya.
While addressing newsmen, Suleiman said the prices of sacrificial animals range from LD 800-1800, and that Kufra “has not received any imported animals through Libyan ports, and most cities in Libya have not received any imported animals either.”
Imported animals “are only available in cities that have ports, and Kufra has been affected by the conflict in Sudan, which is a major source of sacrificial animals along with Chad,” he said.
The high demand for sacrificial animals during the Islamic festival of Eid Al-Adha, which is celebrated by Muslims worldwide, usually leads to an increase in prices. However, the situation in Sudan has worsened the issue, making it more difficult for Libyan consumers to purchase at affordable prices.
Earlier this month in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, the Deputy Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Moussa Al-Kouni said the clashes in Sudan pose a threat to neighbouring countries, especially Libya.
Al-Kouni revealed this in a presentation at the 22nd summit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
He confirmed that the clashes in Sudan also “threaten the safety of Sudanese citizens, infrastructure, and economy.” He affirmed that “Libya is ready to participate in all efforts aimed at calming the situation in Sudan.”
He further explained that the “faltering of development efforts at the national and international levels in Africa is due to the continuation of wars and armed conflicts, which have been transformed into semi-permanent conflicts.”
He emphasised the “exacerbation of displacement and famine, the emergence of new hotbeds of conflict and tension, and the accompanying humanitarian tragedies in the war-torn countries in Africa.”
The COMESA summit had leaders and heads of government of 21 African countries in attendance.