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05 Jan 2014 description
  • Mali to repatriate 500 citizens this weekend

  • French support for intervention wanes - poll

  • Sporadic gunfire heard in capital on Saturday

By Paul-Marin Ngoupana

BANGUI, Jan 4 (Reuters) - African countries have started evacuating their citizens from the Central African Republic in recent days amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions and inter-religious violence.

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28 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

AZUM (27 Dec.) - 18 Chadian refugee families have been resettled from camp Mukjar to camp Um Shalaya in Azum locality, Central Darfur, on Wednesday by the UNHCR. The humanitarian organisation has requested the refugees to either return to Chad or they will be resettled in the region.

26 Dec 2013 description
  • Violence this month raised fears of inter-religious war

  • In Christian south, Muslim has become equated with Seleka rebels

  • Origins of Central African conflict lie in battle for resources

  • Conflict among ethnic groups exacerbated by foreign intervention

By Bate Felix and Paul-Marin Ngoupana

26 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

AZUM (25 Dec .) - The 8,000 Chadian refugees of camp Umm Shalaya in Azum locality in Central Darfur state have refused to return to Chad under the pretext of lack of security, stability, services and development.

19 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

KOUNONGOU CAMP (19 Dec.) -

The residents of the Kounongou refugee camp in eastern Chad have rejected the Chadian government's decision to move the camp hospital to a place located 3km northwest of the camp.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, one of the camp sheikhs said that they were notified about the Chadian authorities’ decision by the organisations operating in the camp. “The decision was made under the pretext that we have been residing in Chad for ten years and now we have to integrate in the Chadian community.”

18 Dec 2013 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:59 PM
Author: Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – West African states in the Niger River Basin are seeking to tackle climate risks and reduce poverty by constructing three hydropower dams in the next five years.

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06 Dec 2013 description
report The Guardian

Surge of NGOs during refugee crisis boosted business and graduate employment but led to job losses and inequality

For business savvy in eastern Chad, look no further than Abderahmane Hissène. In one of the hottest countries in the world, he is the only person selling refrigerated soft drinks within a 20km (12.4 miles) radius of Goz Beïda airstrip. "My approach is to keep prices reasonable, then customers come back,'' says the 17-year-old entrepreneur whose Café de l'Aéroport is a discarded UN container.

06 Dec 2013 description
report Mail and Guardian

06 Dec 2013 00:00| Alex Duval Smith

Chad has been hit by a refugee influx from Darfur and Central African Republic as well as the return of its citizens expelled from Libya.

The people at the World Health Organisation call it "routine childhood immunisation". But they have not witnessed the anything but routine sleuthing required of Anastasie Nague as she plays her part in preventing disease in a new, three-pronged humanitarian emergency affecting landlocked Chad.

03 Dec 2013 description
report The Guardian

Chad hit by refugee influx from Darfur and Central African Republic as well as return of its citizens expelled from Libya.

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02 Dec 2013 description
report Pulitzer Center

An abandoned measure in malaria prevention has been resurrected in six African nations this year. About 1.2 million healthy children are swallowing malaria drugs to prevent the disease during the rainy season in regions where malaria mainly strikes within those months.

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15 Nov 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

UM DUKHUN (15 Nov .) - Nine soldiers of the Chadian army were killed during clashes with Salamat tribesmen who were trying to flee Sudan after violent battles in Central Darfur. Several people of the Salamat tribe were also killed and injured on Thursday morning's clashes.

Local sources added that a Sudanese soldier of the joint Sudan-Chad forces was also killed in the same occasion, “as they were chasing the Salamat out of Um Dukhun”. The Salamat had two of their vehicles stolen and another was completely destroyed by elements of the Chadian army.

23 Oct 2013 description
report Voice of America

Lisa Schlein

October 22, 2013

GENEVA — The United Nations says it is working on an integrated strategy to deal with the recurring crises in Africa's Sahel region. The U.N. says new approaches are needed to make vulnerable people in the nine Sahelian countries able to cope with the humanitarian emergencies that keep them in poverty and dependent on the international community for aid.

16 Oct 2013 description

Immunisation has been one of the great success stories of global health. It is estimated to prevent the deaths of two to three million children each year. But another 1.5 million children still die from diseases that could be prevented by routine vaccines.

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14 Oct 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

ABECHE (13 Oct.) - In the city of Abeche in Chad, 70 primary school teachers at the Sudanese refugee camps in eastern Chad have attended a training course in teaching Arabic and mathematics.

One of the teachers told Radio Dabanga that the course was organised by the Swiss organisation RET (Refugee Education Trust) working in Sudanese refugee camps in eastern Chad.

The RET training course of 10 days was attended by 70 primary school teachers from six refugee camps: Gaga, Farshana, Treguine, Goz Amer, Djabal, and Bredjing.

30 Sep 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

UMM DUKHUN (30 Sep .) - Many residents of Umm Dukhun locality in Central Darfur have reportedly begun to leave the area, by vehicles, on animals or on foot, to neighbouring Chad. They expect renewed clashes between the Salamat and Misseriya tribes at any moment.

Witnesses reported, while fleeing, that there are large groups of fighters from both sides gathering in the areas of Umm Dukhun, Umm Daggo, Mardaf, and Sileisili.

They appealed to the authorities and the ‘native administration’ to quickly intervene to contain the situation and avoid new clashes.

13 Sep 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

CHAD (12 Sep .) - The Sudanese refugees of camp Djabal in eastern Chad have complained of high incidences of deaths, malaria, diarrhoea and vomiting, especially among the youngest and the elderly, as well as an acute lack of medical staff working in the camp.

23 Aug 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

CHAD (23 Aug.) - Thousands of homes collapsed and schools were damaged in camp Mile for Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad due to heavy rains that struck the region on Thursday.

Sheikh Abbakar Abdullah Al Doum Tajouri, spokesman for the camp’s refugees, told Radio Dabanga that “torrential rains led to the destruction of 2,082 houses. In addition, eight schools were damaged, including desks, books, pamphlets, and stationery. Rains also uprooted 178 trees.”

15 Aug 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

A 25-year-old woman has been repeatedly raped, allegedly by pro-government militiamen, the area of Kebe in Nertiti locality, Central Darfur on Wednesday. On Thursday, a 15-year-old Sudanese refugee was gang raped in eastern Chad.

A relative of the Nertiti victim told Radio Dabanga that the woman was tending her farm when she was accosted by three militiamen, who then allegedly took turns raping her.

The relative appealed to humanitarian and human rights organisations to intervene and protect displaced persons, especially women, from attacks by government militiamen.

13 Aug 2013 description
report Radio Dabanga

Sudanese refugees in camp Djabal in eastern Chad are suffering an “acute drinking water crisis” as the only water engine at the camp is said to have broken down. Sources say that “the lives of 19,500 people are threatened” as a result.

They explained to Radio Dabanga that organisations working on the field providing water could not repair the problems with the water pumps due to lack of technicians. Refugees are calling upon organisations to expedite the repair of the pumps and install an existing reserve engine to avoid a similar situation in the future.