Chad: Fighting For Food


May 12, 2010: The UN has warned that, if Chad cannot provide security for the food convoys coming in from Libya and Cameroon, aid agencies will not be able to feed some two million starving people (most of them locals, not refugees) in Chad. With UN peacekeepers leaving (at the request of the government) this month, the only ones available to protect the food convoys, and refugee camps, is the army and police. But Chadian security forces have, so far, proved too inefficient and corrupt to get the job done. The bandits, some of them soldiers and police, steal the food aid and then sell it to merchants, who offer it in markets, or to the aid agencies desperate to prevent famine deaths.

Increased banditry in the Central African Republic (CAR) has sent over a thousand refugees into Chad. The UN has been unable to protect refugee camps in CAR, and is sometimes forced to send refugees hundreds of kilometers, on foot, to the Chad border, to escape the bandits. The breakdown of order is the result of a failure to settle the civil war, that has been intermittently active for over a decade.



Article Archive

Chad: Current 2013 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close