Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ramadan cartels

"CAIRO, Aug 15 (IPS) - Opportunistic food traders have been blamed for soaring food prices across the Middle East that have added a financial burden on families observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

"Every year it's the same story," complains Abeer Salem, an Egyptian widow supporting two children. "Merchants know we have an obligation to feed our families and the poor during Ramadan. They exploit this by raising food prices.""

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