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Gulf states’ oil wealth ripples throughout rural Sudan

Across Africa, remittances-fueled economic development stands as an unrivaled alternative to the throes of unemployment and political instability.
Kenyan fisherman Enos Awele Ajuoga takes his nets out of Lake Victoria’s water every morning but catches have reduced as unsustainable fishing practices and water pollution by wastewater, agro-pesticides and fertilizers have decimated fish stocks.

“I like Abu Dhabi as much as I love Sudan. I always jokingly say Abu Dhabi is my father and Sudan my mother!” exclaimed Yousif Alhaj Ali.

Aged 56, he worked for 37 years as a plumbing supervisor in Abu Dhabi. Now, Ali expresses “indescribable gratitude” to the UAE in the clothing shop he opened in his native village of Tanoob, stocked with colorful shoes and children's clothing imported from the Emirati capital.

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