The government of Chad should arrest Sudan Defence minister Abdelraheem Mohammed Hussein, who is indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), when he attends a conference from April 25 to 26, Human Rights Watch(HRW) said on Thursday. Hussein is wanted by the ICC on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur, [...]
A project for the building of a Cameroon-Chad railway is very likely to be achieved as both sides are currently discussing ways and means to fulfill the project. The section between Ngaoundere in Cameroon and Moundou in Chad which is about 400 km long is expected to cost 1160 billion KFA francs. Officials from both [...]
The death of 23 Chadian soldiers in Mali will not dampen the spirit of Chad’s military commitment in the troubled West African country, the minister designate of defense and veterans Benaindo Tatola assured stakeholders in Abidjan on Tuesday. Speaking in an interview with APA on the eve of the 42nd Economic Community of West Africa [...]
Chad has become the latest country to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), becoming the 159th state to do so. In a statement issued Monday, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Tibor Tóth, welcomed the ratification as a step that “consolidates Africa’s firm commitment to end nuclear [...]
Chad’s health system struggles to combat malnutritionFEEDBACKEMAILPRINTPhoto: Otto Bakano/IRINChad’s government has pledged to boost the number of health workers and the health budgetBOKORO, 24 January 2013 (IRIN) – As darkness fell in the central-southern Chadian town of Bokoro, the very last patient, a listless girl, left a makeshift clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which had treated more than 4,000 children for severe malnutrition in the area since July 2012.“It’s good news that patients have stopped coming because we have less malnutrition, but on the other hand it’s also bad news because that means that since we as MSF are phasing out, access to this kind of care is very much reduced unless a new actor steps in to support the Ministry of Health in the longer run,” MSF paediatrician Anja Junker told IRIN.The shacks set up for emergency malnutrition treatment by MSF now lie empty in the compound of Bokoro district hospital as MSF ended the programme on 21 January.There is only one doctor at the hospital for a population of 244,000, and it lacks the expertise, manpower and money to continue the malnutrition treatment programme. Equally, the region’s 13 health centres are poorly equipped and staffed, often with one nurse for several thousand people. Only six of those health centres have cold chain storage.In Chad, 33 percent of children aged 12-23 months are not vaccinated against childhood diseases, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
PRINT EMAIL SHARECHAD: Floods, locusts add to humanitarian challengesPhoto: Alexis Porter/OCHAOn 5 August 2012, the Bahr Azoum wadi (river) burst its banks, flooding several IDP and refugee sites around the town of Koukou, Eastern ChadNAIROBI, 26 October 2012 (IRIN) – The number of flood-affected people in Chad has risen to 700,000, up from 445,000 in September, according to humanitarian agencies, which also report the loss or damage of 255,720 hectares of cropland, 94,211 houses and 1,015 schools. Some 70,000 people have been displaced by the flooding, one of several challenges to the country’s humanitarian situation. The areas worst affected by the floods include the regions of Moyen Chari, Tanjile, the two Logones, the two Mayo Kebbis and Salamat, according to a 15 October update by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Cameroon’s premier, Philemon Yang, Thursday inaugurated the Ayos-Bonis road stretching over 191 kilometer that was rehabilitated to facilitate the free flow of traffic along the inter-state highway linking Cameroon, Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR).
PRINT EMAIL SHAREMALI-NIGER: Locusts spawning disasterBAMAKO, 24 July 2012 (IRIN) – Swarms of locusts encouraged by early rains are breeding in the north of Mali and Niger, bringing a second generation of insects that could increase 250 fold by the end of this summer and put the livelihoods of up to 50 million people in the region at risk.The new generation is expected to spread from rebel-held northern regions of the two West African states, where pest control is difficult, to neighbouring countries.The locusts migrated to Mali and Niger in June from Algeria and Libya, and rains that began in the region in May, almost two months earlier than usual, are helping spawn a fresh lot of desert locusts whose numbers are expected to significantly increase by October.“The worst case scenario would be that this summer there will be two generations of breeding, resulting in large numbers of locusts, including swarms that would be present in northern Niger and northern Mali. By October, they will be ready to move out of those countries into neighbouring countries.” said Keith Cressman, a senior locust forecasting officer with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“That timing will coincide with the harvest. There are up to 50 million people in the region that could be affected,” Cressman told IRIN.More than 18 million people are facing severe food shortages across the Sahel region, including 3.5 million in Mali and more than three million others in Niger.Mali’s and Niger’s neighbours are setting up teams to counter the eventual spread of the insects.
PRINT EMAIL SHARECHAD: Tackling malnutrition amid increased food insecurity*Photo: Ann Weru/IRINA young boy goes in search of water in the western Chad region of Bahr-el-GhazalMOUSSORO/BAHR-EL-GHAZAL, 26 June 2012 (IRIN) – In the outskirts of Moussoro, the main town in the western Chad region of Bahr-el-Ghazal, mothers line up with their babies in the sweltering heat waiting to be screened for malnutrition. In another area in the region, women load their donkeys with millet and groundnut seeds – provided by aid agencies in anticipation of better rains this season.