A major shortage of bread in Sudan is causing long lines and inflated prices in Khartoum and other cities across the country, Radio Dabanga reported Jan. 9. Many people are reportedly returning home without having been able to buy bread, while those who have had success are said to be purchasing smaller loaves than what is normally available. While bread shortages are not abnormal in Sudan, the cause of the current shortage is worth noting. It appears to have been brought about by government actions to restructure the country's internal and external markets, rather than by the type of foreign currency shortage that normally precipitates a shortage. Fuel and electricity prices have also risen significantly in the country. Notably, similar shortages and price increases in the past have led to protests in the streets of Khartoum. Sudan's economy has taken a battering from falling oil revenues and political hardships.