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31 Aug 2018 description
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LCB Declaration Paper - Berlin Conference 2018
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LCB Paper Berlin August 2018

With the crisis entering its ninth year and showing no signs of abating despite recent efforts, 10.7 million people continue to be in urgent need of life-saving assistance across north-east Nigeria, far-north Cameroon, Western Chad and south-east Niger. Nearly 2.4 million people are displaced with fresh waves of violence and human rights abuses resulting in thousands arriving into congested sites on a weekly basis.

30 Dec 2014 description


La crise militaro-politique que traverse la RCA depuis fin 2012 a une incidence certaine sur l’élevage sédentaire et transhumant dans le pays mais également au Tchad et au Cameroun. Les études d’impacts de cette crise sur les populations ont motivé une mission du 18 novembre au 02 décembre 2014 dans les préfectures de l’Ouham-Pendé, la Nana-Mambéré et la Mambéré-Kadéi.

La mission avait pour objectifs :

17 Sep 2012 description

In one of the most remote places on Earth, a woman bends down to hitch a sack of millet onto her back. Fatime is 65 years old. She’s at the market in Minekrate, a village in the Wadi Fira region of Eastern Chad.

She’s walked here today. The sun is unrelenting and the temperatures are in the 100s. Scrubby trees dot the sandy ground. The air is dry as donkeys nibble what they can find. Fatime’s husband died five years ago, after a long illness. She now has 9 children in her care. She’s here today to get them some food.

11 Sep 2012 description

Before I set off on each ‘intrepid’ journey in the name of CRS, I always flick through my guidebook to Africa. It was next stop Chad, in Central Africa, north of Cameroon and west of the Sudans. As my eyes alighted on the correct page, they were drawn to these words: “Wave goodbye to your comfort zone and say hello to Chad”. Gulp. It got worse. “Chad is Africa for the hardcore. This is an experience you will never forget”. Blimey.

26 Mar 2012 description

“It takes a trained eye to see when someone is poorer than poor in Niger. People are living in a harsh environment, it’s a semi-desert, many households can seem badly off at the best of times. But this year, I noticed a change,” said Jean-Marie Adrian, Catholic Relief Services regional director for West Africa.

09 Mar 2012 description

What is happening in the Sahel?

A drought is threatening millions of people in the Sahel, the swath across Africa bordering the Sahara desert. Millions of people are at risk of severe food shortages unless there is a major humanitarian response.

How many people, and in what countries, are affected by this food crisis?

Up to 12 million people, including nearly three million children, are at risk of hunger in parts of Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Cameroon and northern Nigeria.

12 Jul 2009 description

To Watch the Video

By Lane Hartill

Chad is running out of firewood. In the east of the country, where thousands of Darfur refugees live, the situation is dire. The country banned the use of charcoal and the cutting of living trees. That means the local population and refugees compete for the little dead wood that remains.

Usually the collection task falls to women and girls. They are sometimes forced to travel dozens of miles away from the camps to find wood.

13 Jun 2009 description

By Lane Hartill

See that woman there, the one in the red shirt with her back to you? She just sold all of her plates and glasses and most of what she owns. That girl in the background? That's her 10-year-old daughter. She does the cooking now. And most everything else because her mom is sick: That's what she tells her, anyway.

The woman watches the neighborhood kids stare at her. She ignores them, looking off in the distance. They know what she has. Let them stare; she has other things on her mind. Like how in the world she's going to come up with $4.

27 Mar 2009 description

Lane Hartill visited Sudanese refugee camps in eastern Chad last week. CRS' partner, Secours Catholique et Développement, manages three camps.

It's been a while since Mahmoud has heard from his old friend, President Barack Obama.

"I sat under that tree and talked with him for half an hour," says Mahmoud Anoor Hamed, a leader in Milé camp, a Sudanese refugee camp in eastern Chad. Most European leaders don't get that kind of face time with Obama.

That was in 2006, when then-Senator Obama was on a two week trip across Africa.

06 Feb 2008 description

Dakar, Senegal, February 6, 2008 - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is preparing to respond to thousands of Chadian refugees fleeing the country into neighboring Cameroon after violence broke out in the capital of N'Djamena last weekend.

On Wednesday morning, the capital was calm and many Chadians are using the break in fighting to flee into the northern Cameroon city of Kousseri.

04 Apr 2006 description

The Latest, The Background
CRS relief efforts across West Darfur are reaching at least 150,000 people in dire need. Details about last month's operations are below. CRS is providing humanitarian relief in the form of shelter, water, sanitation, refugee camp management, education and food. To date, CRS has pledged an initial $6 million to the crisis for relief efforts in Sudan and Chad.

Context for Relief Operations

22 Oct 2004 description

Across most of the nine refugee camps in eastern Chad, the school year has officially begun. While classes have yet to ramp up to their full capacity, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its local partner, Secours Catholique et Developpement (Secadev), joined other agencies in providing opening ceremonies and registering students as they get a chance at some normalcy and education in the tumultuous surroundings.

14 Sep 2004 description

September 14, 2004, Baltimore, MD -- As agricultural programs across West Africa show the devastation of the swarms of desert locusts that have descended upon the region, pest control measures so far have reached only a fraction of the areas already hit by what the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has described as the worst plague since 1987-1989.

"The sky was dark of locusts and the swarm was everywhere. Children were burning abandoned tires and dry wood to keep away the locusts," said Massamba Gningue of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Senegal.

06 May 2004 description

The onset of rainy season in Chad just weeks away threatens the vital food and water security for more than 100,000 Sudanese refugees along the border, and further impedes humanitarian access to those most in need.

05 May 2004 description

May 5, 2004, Baltimore, MD - With the rainy season just four weeks away in the central African country of Chad, the rapid, organized delivery of sufficient food and humanitarian supplies - as well as finding and protecting adequate water sources for camps of Sudanese refugees - is urgent, according to field reports from Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The agency also urges the participation of the U.S. government, the UN and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in monitoring genuine peace negotiations to resolve the conflict in the Darfur region of neighboring Sudan.

12 Mar 2004 description

According to the United Nations, several thousands people in Sudan are dead, and more than half a million people have fled their homes since fighting first broke out in April 2003 along the western region of Sudan known as Darfur. Increased conflicts between separate rebel groups and the Government of Sudan in March 2004 have caused tens of thousands more to seek refuge in neighboring Chad, bringing the total number of refugees crossing the Chadian border to almost 120,000.

12 Mar 2004 description

Baltimore, Maryland, March 12, 2004 - Violent militia raids, destruction of villages, water scarcity, and harsh weather conditions threaten the security and survival of between 100,000 to 120,000 Sudanese refugees who have fled into Chad to escape the increased ethnic fighting in the Darfur region of Sudan, according to field reports from the Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

10 Feb 2004 description

February 10, 2004, Baltimore, MD - Catholic Relief Services is responding to the urgent needs of Sudanese refugees in Chad who have fled escalating conflict in western Sudan's Darfur region. It is estimated that more than 120,000 Sudanese have crossed the porous border for refuge in desolate eastern Chad since last April, tens of thousands of them in the past two months, as increased fighting along the border has triggered a fresh refugee exodus.