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Kubri Haboba women street vendors complain of police brutality

Kuburi Haboba women street vendors lament police brutality as they strive to support their families and send their children to school by selling vegetables under the scorching sun.

Makur Majeng

Vegetable sellers on Juba’s Gudele road at Kuburi Haboba say they are concerned over the manner in which police are treating them badly.

Most women without formal jobs in Juba city do street vending small businesses selling vegetables and other commodities by the roadside in the hot sun as a means of supporting their families and paying for their children’s school fees.


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One woman who identified herself as Jua Felina said she struggles to send her children to school.

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I work here in the sun to make sure my children can go to school and to support my family. As prices rise, we have to raise our prices to survive in this economy,” said Felina.

The women say that the police chase them, the vegetable sellers and take their goods to the office. “This is because they say street vending is prohibited, but we’ve no other spaces,” said the woman.

Kiden Rose, another seller, said, “We sell our vegetables to make a profit and pay for food and our children’s school fees.” She also mentioned that they are just trying to cope with the situation, as the police are told to chase them by the government. However, sometimes the police do not chase them, which helps a little.

Juba City Council authorities in the past ordered vendors to vacate the streets citing security threats and accidents in 2022 and 2021. Michael Lado Thomas Allah-Jabu and Kalisto Lado the then Mayors of Juba City Council issued local orders banning street vendors from selling within the streets of Juba city with the aim of controlling the increasing vehicle and pedestrian traffic gridlock in the city.

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