Illegal brew brings Sudan refugees cash and trouble

For Sudanese refugees languishing in camps in the arid west of the country brewing alcohol is a source of money, a source of pleasure and a source of trouble. Alcohol is forbidden under Sudan's sharia law but Zahra Abdallahi and others at the Riyad Camp in Darfur say they are driven to producing Mereissa, a drink close to beer, because of financial necessity.

Reuters reports.

Posted by Cynthia on February 7, 2006 at 11:57 AM in Alcohol (general), Beer, Brewing , Prohibition, Religion, Sudan | Permalink

Alcohol poisoning kills 21, blinds 6 in Sudan

Reuters reports (20 March 2005) on the deaths of 21 people and the blinding of 6 in Sudan from drinking illegal alcohol. Find the full story here.

Posted by Cynthia on March 23, 2005 at 04:56 PM in Alcohol (miscellaneous), Sudan | Permalink

Alcohol Poisoning Deaths in Sudan

The World News reports (21 March 2005) that at least 20 people have died in central Sudan after drinking illegal alcohol in defiance of Islamic law. Police said another eight people were left blind by the bootleg liquor, which was apparently distilled in the capital Khartoum and the central state of Gezira. Find the full story here.

Posted by Cynthia on March 21, 2005 at 04:59 PM in Alcohol (miscellaneous), Prohibition, Sudan | Permalink