Prepay Card Shortage Disrupts Phone Services in South Sudan

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Phone services in South Sudan are being affected by a shortage of prepay top up cards even in areas not directly affected by the civil war.

Top-up scratch cards have been in short supply for the past couple of weeks, but have reportedly completly run out now.

An NGO-run news service said that the shortage has created a black-market where people are reselling the cards they previously bought at a sharp markup.

Some supplies have reached the regional capital in Eastern Equatoria, but locals are calling on the government to secure supplies in future.

On the web: Gurtong

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