The rebel threat against the oil fields got the governments attention.
This led to peace talks with the RFC, which is led by a nephew of Chad president
Deby. The RFC is demanding cash and jobs (including some senior positions in
the government.) The RFC, and three other rebel groups, signed a peace deal
last October. But this soon collapsed when rebels accused the government of not
delivering the promised goodies. Deby is accused of being corrupt and
dictatorial. This, of course, is what you have to be if you want to survive as
2008: The EU (European Union) peacekeeping force along Chad's eastern border
declared itself open for business. Only about 30 percent of the 3,800 man force
is on hand. The rest of the troops are supposed to show up in the next month.
2008: Chadian rebels want no part of the new Chad-Sudan peace deal. In fact,
the RFC (Rally of Forces for Change) have threatened to raid Chad's oil fields.
These facilities are relatively new, and the major source of revenue for the
2008: Chad and Sudan have signed yet another peace deal. As usual, it includes
promises not to support rebels in each other's territory. The president of
nearby Senegal brokered the deal. At the time of the signing, Chad accused
Sudan of allowing hundreds of Chad rebels to cross the border into Chad.
2008: The government reported that 700 people died during the rebel assault on
the capital last year. Nearly 60 percent of the dead were civilians, and most
of the rest were rebels. These losses included those from skirmishes in the
suburbs, but most of the fighting was near the presidential palace. During the
two days of fighting, police and troops arrested several opposition
politicians, who are still in jail.
2008: Russia has agreed to supply helicopters, probably Mi-8s, for the
peacekeeping force in Chad.