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31 May 2016 description
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May 17 2016: The Sahel region of Africa is struggling with a series of interconnected crises. Matt Batten-Carew discusses the data on cross-border violence.

17 May 2016 description
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May 17 2016: Peace Direct's Local Peacebuilding Experts come together to discuss key issues in a new series of reports. In the first edition, they look at the phenomenon of 'third term' presidents in Africa.

Today we launch a new series of reports from Peace Direct’s Local Peacebuilding Experts. Focusing on five different countries around Africa, the first edition discusses what happens when presidents and prime ministers outstay their welcome.

04 Mar 2016 description
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Bouyo Séverin

March 4 2016: Large numbers of people in the Western Logone region of Chad practise transhumance – moving semi-nomadically through designated areas of land. But they are increasingly coming into conflict with farmers who wish to use the same space. The situation needs careful management, writes Bouyo Séverin.

The agro-pastoralist conflict between farmers and cattle herders in Chad is not a new one. But it is a key local conflict issue, and not a single region in Chad has been spared.

25 May 2015 description
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May 21 2015: Towns and villages around Lake Chad are absorbing refugees and migrants from around the region. Elie Djimbarnodji discusses the causes and consequences of this for community relations.

One of the major challenges in the Lac region of Chad concerns how best to ensure peaceful cohabitation between several neighbouring communities. There are four key groups of people:

•Nigerian refugees who have fled towns and villages in Nigeria because of the conflict there.

•Returnees – Chadian migrants who left for Nigeria but have now returned.

22 Apr 2015 description
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April 21 2015: Ketil Hansen reports on growing unrest in Chad as protests against rising living costs turn violent.

Chad has seen numerous popular rallies since the end of 2014. On 11 November, important rallies started in the southern town of Moundou. People were protesting against the lack of gasoline and diesel in the town, and in a symbolic move, some attacked an empty Total petrol station.