Those frigging zeros

This is class. News correction from the AP:

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — In a May 11 story about Sudan severing ties with Chad, The Associated Press, relying on a state television report, erroneously reported the dollar value of a reward offered by the government for Darfur rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim.

The reward is valued at $122,000, not $122 million. The state television said the reward was valued in new Sudanese dinars, or pounds, which are worth 1,000 times the value of the currency before it was revalued more than a year ago.

On Tuesday, a government spokesman said the reward was being offered in the old currency.

Just shows the sort of difficulty we encountered when we first came to Sudan, albeit with much smaller amounts. Just no one here seems to be able to get the currency right. The number of zeros they add on to the end of figures is quite arbitrary. You just have to use your common sense to work out exactly what they mean.


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