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14 Nov 2008 description

Traditions are a part of the cultural roots for any society. They define beliefs and determine attitudes. They can break down boundaries or build up barriers.

But certain practices endanger the lives of those who follow them. Take the traditional practice of female genital cutting. Still practiced in many parts of Africa, CCF came across this practice after beginning services for the refugee population in Chad.

16 Mar 2006 description

Chadian women have commemorated International Women's Day for some time.

In 2005, Christian Children's Fund helped Sudanese women living in refugee camps in Chad start a celebration, too. These women gathered to observe International Women's Day at the Iridimi and Tullum refugee camps, having fled their homes in Sudan to escape an ongoing brutal civil war.

"In Chad, International Women's Day is celebrated each year.

16 Mar 2006 description

By Davidson Jonah, emergency response coordinator for Christian Children's Fund

29 Sep 2005 description

Original reporting by Liz Shaffner-Wishner
Adapted with permission for Christian Children's Fund

23 Mar 2005 description

The ongoing violence in Darfur, Sudan, poses a major threat to the health and well-being of children and families. Since fighting broke out in 2003 between non-Arab African rebel groups and the Arab 'Janjaweed' militias over the resources and representation of black Africans in the Darfur region, tens of thousands of civilians have been killed and millions have been displaced either internally or to refugee camps in Sudan and neighboring Chad.

And while peace talks have been initiated, and the incidence of militia violence is generally declining, the need for humanitarian aid …

25 Jan 2005 description

Life in Darfur is characterized by extreme violence, with thousands of civilians killed and millions displaced. Fighting between non-Arab African rebel groups and the Arab 'Janjaweed' militias continues to claim the lives of civilians in Darfur, creating a refugee crisis in neighboring Chad. UNICEF estimates that more than 200,000 refugees have fled to ten camps in Chad.

23 Aug 2004 description

As Christian Children's Fund (CCF) workers talk to Sudanese children who have fled to refugee camps in Chad, the emergency response team finds that the older children seem to always ask the same question. First, the children talk about the poor food in the camps, the need for education and basic clothing. But in the end, they always ask when they can go home.

CCF workers describe the refugee camps in northern Chad as desolate. They are located in the middle of the Chad desert with few amenities. Makeshift sanitation facilities are sparse and overused.

06 Aug 2004 description

A Christian Children's Fund (CCF) emergency response team left for Chad on August 1 in an effort to assist refugees, who are fleeing from ethnic violence in neighboring Sudan. The team is conducting an assessment of child protection needs including health, education, shelter, psychosocial issues, water and sanitation in refugee camps in Chad and along the Chad-Sudan border. In addition, CCF will also be assessing Gender-Based Violence issues as they impact women and girls fleeing from Sudan.