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08 Oct 2009 description

Kampala_(dpa) _ The leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, facing heavy pounding from the Congolese and Ugandan armies in the Congo and the Central African Republic CAR, is moving with his fighters to Chad, a Ugandan army official said Thursday.

The LRA have fought a more-than-two-decade-long rebellion against the Ugandan government in a conflict that has spilled into the neighbouring countries and displaced nearly two million people.

"(LRA leader Joseph) Kony is moving towards Chad because the pressure is too much for him from the Congolese army and our …

08 May 2009 description

Nairobi/N'Djamena_(dpa) _ Heavy fighting has broken out in the east of Chad despite government claims that it had repelled a rebel attack.

Both the government and the rebel Union of Resistance Forces claimed victory in the latest fighting, which took place near the town Am Dam.

Am Dam is located some 100 kilometres north of Goz Beida, where fighting earlier this week prompted foreign aid workers to be evacuated from refugee camps there.

Communications Minister Mahamat Hissene said that over 100 rebel troops and several of its own soldiers were killed in the latest battles that …

30 Apr 2009 description

Nairobi_(dpa) _ Almost 20,000 refugees have fled across the border into Chad following waves of fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR), reports said Thursday.

Rebels and government soldiers have clashed despite a peace deal. Some 18,000 people have entered Chad in the last few days as a result, the BBC reported.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR wants to set up camps, but the government in Chad is reluctant, feeling that this could encourage more refugees.

17 Mar 2009 description

Geneva_(dpa) _ The United Nations emergency air service, used to move food, medical assistance and aid workers to remote and dangerous locations, will have to shut its West Africa operation due to a lack of funds, the organisation announced on Tuesday.

The air service, run by the World Food Programme, is used to get aid and staff to areas that cannot be reached by land, whether owing to security concerns, lack of infrastructure or rough terrain.

21 Nov 2008 description

Kampala_(dpa) _ The number of people being forced across borders into other countries on the African continent is decreasing but those displaced within their states through civil conflicts are on the increase, African Union and United Nations refugee officials said Friday.

One out of five of the world's 15 million refugees are in Africa while 15 million out of 24 million internally displaced people on earth are found on the continent, AU refugee officials told reporters in Uganda.

The AU is organizing a summit of heads of state in Uganda in early March 2009 to explore the causes, …

13 May 2008 description

Nairobi/N'Djamena_(dpa) _ Chad closed its border with Sudan overnight and severed all economic ties with its neighbour amid accusations of aggression from Khartoum, news reports said Tuesday.

A Chadian diplomat accused Sudan of looking for excuses to launch an attack on Chadian territory in a report carried by the BBC.

Sudan had cut off diplomatic ties with Chad on Sunday, accusing N'Djamena of supporting rebels in the crisis-torn western Sudanese province of Darfur.

The Human Rights Watch organization expressed concern Tuesday at mass arrests in Khartoum after a rebel …

08 Feb 2008 description

Nairobi/N'Djamena_(dpa) _ At least 30,000 Chadians have poured over the border to neighbouring Cameroon after street battles between government forces and rebels erupted in the capital N'Djamena last weekend, the United Nations said Friday.

A major push is underway to bring food, medicine and shelter to the influx of people in the region, which is usually devoid of any humanitarian crisis, as opposed to Chad's eastern border with Sudan's Darfur province.

"The situation is difficult, and not yet under control.

05 Feb 2008 description

Abuja, Nigeria_(dpa) _ Following heavy fighting between Chadian government forces and rebels in N'Djamena, more than 2,000 refugees - over 80 per cent women and children - have fled to the Nigerian border town, Gamboru-Ngala, officials said Tuesday.

Sambo Gwandu, the Controller of Immigration in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State, a northern Nigerian state bordering Cameroon, confirmed the figure Tuesday.

He said intelligent reports had shown that more than 6,000 more refugees were on their way from Kusiri, a Cameroonian town sharing an international boundary with Chad, …

04 Feb 2008 description

Paris/N'Djamena_(dpa) _ Following two days of intense fighting between rebel groups and forces loyal to Chadian President Idriss Deby, thousands of residents have fled the capital N'Djamena, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said Monday.

At the same time, RFI radio reported that rebel leaders said that they had withdrawn from the centre of the city to give civilians a chance to flee before a possibly decisive battle.

19 Oct 2007 description

Ndjamena, Chad/Nairobi_(dpa) _ Fresh fighting broke out in eastern Chad, reports said Friday, days after President Idriss Deby declared a state of emergency in the volatile region.

The death toll in fierce fighting Thursday between former rebels and the military was unknown, French broadcaster RFI reported, but the battle lasted about one hour near the town of Goz Beida.

RFI said the clashes began as the military attempted to disarm former rebels of the United Front for Democratic Change (FUC), which are set to integrate into the national army - a process which has been slow and …

17 Oct 2007 description

Ndjamena, Chad/Nairobi_(dpa) _ Chad imposed a 12-day state of emergency in provinces bordering Sudan's Darfur region as well as one in the dry north, reports said Wednesday, following ethnic clashes in the region that killed some 20 people.

Civilian movement will be restricted during the period beginning Tuesday and media coverage will also be curtailed, French broadcaster RFI reported.

The military will be tasked with disarming the population of the three provinces, including in Wadi Fira, where two ethnic groups, the Tama and the Zaghawa, battled at the weekend.

"We …

05 Sep 2007 description

New York_(dpa) _ The deployment of a European Union peacekeeping force to Chad is expected to take place by the end of September and coincide with the deployment of a joint United Nations-African Union (AU) peace force in Sudan's Darfur region, a French diplomat said Wednesday.

French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert, the president of the UN Security Council for September, said a concept of operations has been adopted by the EU and a resolution will be submitted to the 15-nation council allowing the deployment.

Ripert said the EU is discussing the deployment with African leaders …

15 Jun 2006 description

By Noel King, dpa

Tine, Sudan_(dpa) _ Tine, near Sudan's border with Chad is a ghost town. Houses are overgrown with weeds, their brick walls crumbling, their thatched roofs torn open.

The silent streets wind past a graveyard where the dead, who were killed by a Sudanese government airstrike, were hastily honoured with crude stone markers before the residents of the Darfuri town fled.

His wife and children gone, Zubeir Ismail tries to retain some sense of normalcy, offering visitors stale peanuts and dates.

06 Feb 2006 description

Khartoum_(dpa) _ A member of Darfur's largest rebel movement said Monday that a recent report by a US-based human rights group has accurately portrayed the deteriorating security situation in Sudan's western Darfur region and neighbouring Chad.

27 Dec 2005 description

Abuja (dpa) - African Union Chairman and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has set up a commission of inquiry to look into mutual accusations of attacks between Sudan and Chad, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

27 Dec 2005 description

Nairobi (dpa) - Chadian President Idriss Deby has accused neighbouring Sudan of helping Chadian rebels prepare a new attack from Sudanese soil according to news reports Tuesday.
According to Radio France Internationale (RFI), Deby said Sudan has sent some 50 military vehicles to Geneina in the the conflict-ridden western Darfur region late Monday to launch new "aggressions", throwing regional mediation efforts into disarray.

29 Sep 2005 description

Paris/Nairobi (dpa) - Chadian President Idriss Deby has accused Sudanese militiamen of being behind an attack on Thursday that left dozens dead near Chad's eastern border with Sudan.

"We are absolutely certain that the perpetrators were Janjaweed militias, but we still do not know the reasons for the attack,'' he told Radio France International (RFI).

Earlier this week, the Chadian government announced that a group of unidentified men in uniform had crossed into Chad from Sudan killing herdsmen and stealing livestock.

01 Sep 2004 description

Dakar/Nairobi (dpa) - The leaders of twelve West African countries have agreed to use their armed forces to fight locusts which have wreaked havoc in the region during recent weeks, news reports said Wednesday.

20 Aug 2004 description

By Victoria Engstrand-Neacsu, dpa

Nairobi (dpa) - In scenes reminiscent of the plagues out of the Bible, massive swarms of the locusts have been descending on large parts of West Africa in recent weeks.

Locusts swarms are now reported as far west as the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, as far south as Nigeria, and as far east as Chad in central Africa - in all, an area the size of continental Europe.

The country worst hit is Mauritania, where locusts have eaten up to 80 per cent of the harvest, leaving one million people in need of food aid.

The U.N.

16 Aug 2004 description

Iridimi/Nairobi (dpa) - An increased number of people have fled from Sudan's Darfur region into neighbouring Chad in the last few days, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said Monday.