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USAID Brings Electricity to Maridi, southern Sudan

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Published on Apr 20, 2011

USAID brought electricity to two key towns in southern Sudan in February, 2011—Kapoeta in Eastern Equatoria and Maridi in Western Equatoria—as part of USAID's effort to provide basic infrastructure to the underdeveloped and war-affected region.

Electric power in the two towns will improve community security and the ability of local merchants to conduct business; will benefit government institutions, health care facilities, and students studying after dark; and will reduce reliance on polluting energy sources such as diesel for generators and kerosene.

More than 80 percent of southern Sudan's rural population does not have access to electricity. Since 2008, USAID has brought electricity to three towns that did not previously have electric power.

Videographer: Alex Taban
Editors: Santo Manas, Alex Taban, Jenn Warren

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