Chad

Peace is What Counts

“It started at three in the morning. We heard the firing, heavy artillery and shooting. In our neighborhood, 55 people were killed with machetes, pregnant women were cut open and their unborn children were hacked to pieces. All around us there was nothing but death. Fatimé Malicky (49) is one of more than 95,000 people who fled from the Central African Republic to Chad, the neighboring country in the north. In the capital Bangui, she had her own shop. At night, she’d drive a taxi to earn a bit more money. She built two houses there, made friends, raised three daughters, and buried her husband nine years ago.

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How Care is Helping the People in Chad

Wherever people flee to, they require the basic necessities for living there. This is why CARE provides emergency relief in Chad, delivers water, builds latrines and cares for children that fled on their own. About 22,500 people have taken part in CARE’s cash-for-work programs and earned cash, seeds, animal fodder and agricultural tools this way. So far, CARE has also provided food packages, kitchen utensils, shelters and hygiene articles for about 46,000 people. In refugee camps in the region of Moyen-Chari, CARE fosters integration, creates income opportunities and educates people in reproductive health and hygiene.

People in the region around Lake Chad are struggling with the repercussions of violence and terror in the neighboring state Nigeria. CARE supports internally displaced and returning persons with psychosocial and health care, and distributes dignity kits and kitchen utensils. The sick receive medicine, and measures for schooling and sensitization are being carried out.

 

  • Fatimé Malicky (49) fled from the Central African Republic to Chad. Since then, she has been living with one of her daughters and three grandchildren in the refugee camp Dosseye in the south of Chad. Her other two daughters fled to Cameroon; the family remains separated to this day.

    Photo: Care

  • The children call it “eating school”, but aside from a meal, the Care kindergarten also offers a whole lot of fun, games and preschool material.

    Photo: Care

  • Care devotes special attention to children who were separated from their families in the turmoil and confusion of their escape.

    Photo: Care

  • Cash payment in a village in southern Chad.

    Photo: CARE/Male Thienken

Background of the Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis in Chad

For a long time, Chad was considered an “island of peace and stability”. It is not the failure of the state itself, but of its disheveled neighbors that has been weighing on the Central African country. Nearly one million refugees from adjacent states have fled from terror and violence and are now straining Chad’s resources. Periods of drought and failed crops are exacerbating the situation. Currently, the supply of food to around four million people is not secured, and one million are suffering from hunger.

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