Traffic was suspended in mid-2016 between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire because of fights in the Pool region between the regular forces and rebels of Pastor Ntumi.
A peace agreement was made public on December 23rd. The government said rehabilitation of three bridges damaged by the conflict cost more than 1.6 million euros.
Congolese Transport Minister, Fidèle Dimou told reporters “a freight train has arrived in Brazzaville, it’s a sense of accomplishment, we have worked and we have achieved our goal.”
He said “it is a great pleasure for us, the railway is really the backbone of our economy and for two years, the working people have suffered because they could no longer sell their products where the train passes.”
Because the rail has not been operational for the last two years, Brazzaville has been experiencing recurrent fuel shortages.
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