A Sudanese street vendor sells windscreen wipers to motorists stuck in gridlock on one of central Khartoum's busiest road, on July 13, 2014 in the Sudanese capital. AFP PHOTO/ASHRAF SHAZLY
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On the other side of the car, the taxi driver negotiates with a vendor selling cheap flashlights.The merchants of McNimir Street are always at your service – a walking department store serving a captive market of motorists stuck in gridlock on one of central Khartoum's busiest roads.The vendors' amusing and seasonally changing range of goods includes electric haircutters, weighing scales and a complete set of fishing gear that, one eager seller assures, is perfect for use in the Nile River just straight ahead at the end of McNimir.Street vending, widespread in Africa, reflects a troubled Sudanese economy that saw youth unemployment reach around 34 percent in 2011, according to government estimates cited in a March report by the U.N. Development Program.The Khartoum street vendors, some of them teenagers, say that dodging cars and law enforcement officers in temperatures near 40 Celsius is not the life they dreamed of.Now Mohammad plies the four lanes of McNimir Street, hawking green plastic vegetable slicers.
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