“We were forced to kill,” recalls child released from armed forces in Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 1 July 2014 – As he sits on a tree trunk, staring at the ground, Ibrahim* recalls how a rebel group in northern Chad recruited him three years ago. His voice is monotone, as if his experience had happened to someone else, not to him.
In Chad, seeing reality through children’s eyes
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 17 June 2014 – Hachim Issa kneels down to photograph a family inside their tent in Zafaye refugee camp in N´Djamena, the capital city of Chad. He knows the light is right. The camera angle is perfect. “Exposure and focus come first,” he remembers. “Framing second.”
Lives depend on it: Fighting malaria in Chad
KELO, Chad, 25 April 2014 – In the dry and dusty district of Kelo, in southern Chad, rain clouds build and then dissipate in the rising heat. Their brief appearance hints at the fast-approaching rainy season, which is both a blessing and a curse. It drives away the baking heat, and farmers anxiously await its arrival. But, it also brings mosquitos and, with them, malaria – the biggest killer of children here.
An influx of returnees raises humanitarian needs in Chad
SIDO, Chad, 24 January 2014 – Travelling for hours from Bangui, the group finally arrived at Sido, in southern Chad, at a site set up by the Government to accommodate Chadian returnees. As they left the Central African Republic, they witnessed horrific violence. Some of them lost members of their families; others left all their possessions behind.
In Chad, vaccine takes a long journey to save a life
KÉLÉ, Chad, 3 January 2014 – Squeezed into the precious shade of a tree, a group of mothers in colourful shawls wait with their babies to be called by nurse Anastasie Nagué. When it is 7-month-old Said Ibrahim’s turn to be vaccinated for tuberculosis, he screams, just like all the babies before him.
A mother flees in search of safety, again – this time in Chad
TISSI, Chad, 30 December 2013 – Khadidja Dramane* has reached the age of 50 without really knowing where to call home. Safety, for the moment, is Tissi – an inhospitable, isolated and unstable area on the south-eastern tip of Chad.
In Chad, fighting a nutrition crisis is far from simple
ABECHE, Chad, 12 December 2013 – Mariam and Abdallah are both toddlers from similarly poor families living in eastern Chad, one of the harshest environments in the world. And both had the spark taken out of their eyes by malnutrition. Yet there is a world of difference between their survival chances.
UNICEF intensifies emergency response for refugees in eastern Chad
TISSI, Chad, 19 June 2013 – Damamam Salah Hamad is waiting at the Tissi health centre with her 4-month-old son, Hikbal, so that he can receive his vaccinations. In this remote border town, UNICEF has helped establish a health centre that can treat common illnesses and malnutrition. More than 30,000 children have been immunized against measles.
New health centres and community outreach tackle Chad's nutrition crisis
MONGO, Chad, 11 April 2013 – The father wipes his eyes with the sleeve of his white boubou.“We did all we could,” says Dr. Kaimbo. “Unfortunately, the boy was too weak.”
In Chad, reaching refugees from the Central African Republic with polio vaccine
BELOM SITE, Chad, 28 March 2013 – Vitkoua Charlotte fled the Central African Republic on foot with her husband and a few of her children. She carried the children on her shoulders across a river, from the Central African Republic to Chad. Once in Chad, they waited for a UNHCR truck, which brought them to the Belom site, about 30 km from the border.
A determined mother saves her son from the clutches of malnutrition in Chad
GUERA, Chad, 18 January 2013 - The village of Banda is a neat collection of mud huts, each marked with a boundary fence of sticks. Through the sticks peek the inquisitive faces of children, eager to see the visitors who have arrived.
In Chad, anatomy of a vaccination campaign
WEST MONGO, Chad, 10 Jan 2013 - Four of Toma Mamout’s seven children died young, one from polio. Her loss became Ms. Mamout’s calling – working to encourage mothers in Chad to vaccinate their children.
Despite floods, displaced Chadian children receive an education
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 14 November 2012 - Dimanche is 12 years old. She dreams of her future. Education is the key.
Survey results: Child malnutrition rates remain alarming in Chad
WADI FIRA, Chad, 30 August 2012 – The fire that broke out at the Biltine health centre in Chad’s Wadi Fira region was something these people could ill afford.
Basketball champion Pau Gasol says it’s possible to end malnutrition in the Sahel
Mao and N´Djamena, Chad, 27 August 2012 - Silver medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics, two-time (United States) National Basketball Association champion and UNICEF Spain Ambassador Pau Gasol is in Chad to visit with children and families affected by the food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel.
UNICEF launches its largest-ever operation against malnutrition in Chad
MAO, Chad, 19 June 2012 – According to UNICEF’s estimates, 127,000 children will be at risk of severe acute malnutrition, a deadly condition, in Chad this year, part of the broader food and nutrition crisis afflicting the Sahel region of Africa.
In Chad, finding long-term solutions to the nutrition crisis
MAO, Chad, 4 June 2012 – “My other children were able to walk when they were 8 months old, but not Ereta,” said Zaïnabou Mamataya. At 8 months, Ereta weighed only 2.6 kg and was admitted to hospital in Nokou, Western Chad's Kanem Region.
Community-led sanitation saves lives in rural Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 8 May 2012 – “It was a night in April,” explained Annour. “Our child began to vomit and have diarrhoea repeatedly. We gave him water, thinking that it would pass, but it went on. No one in the village health centre knew what it was, so we decided the next morning to take him to the hospital in N'Djamena – but he died on the way.”
In Chad, UNICEF and partners step up emergency response to food crisis
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 11 April 2012 – Khadija’s 6-month-old son, Nawal, had been suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea for days, but she thought it was related to his teething. Finally, when his fever did not go down, she brought him to a clinic in N’Djamena, where he was diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition.
In Chad, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow meets with refugees from Darfur waiting to go home
GOZ BEIDA, Chad, 4 April 2012 – “There were strangers that came,” said Aisha Mahamat, speaking slowly as if reliving the ordeal. “They raped women and killed men. They attacked all of the small villages around Tandusa, and the people fled, and they came to Tandusa for protection because it was the biggest village in the area. But the strangers found out they were there and they attacked. They burned down the whole village.”
UNICEF Executive Director visits Chad to highlight looming crisis in Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 4 April 2012 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has called for an urgent escalation in humanitarian efforts in the Sahel region of Africa to prevent the deaths of more than 1 million children.
UNICEF is raising funds to provide life-saving assistance to over 1 million at-risk children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 2 April 2012 – As the hunger season begins in the Sahel region of Africa, UNICEF is launching a massive fund-raising campaign to help the more than 1 million children in danger of dying from severe acute malnutrition.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visits Chad for the launch of a massive polio immunization campaign
MOUNDOU/N'DJAMENA, Chad, 13 March 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow recently visited Chad to attend the launch of a massive polio immunization campaign and to raise awareness of the importance of ending polio transmission once and for all.
UNICEF races to prevent a major food crisis in the Sahel
NEW YORK, 24 February 2012 – UNICEF is racing to prevent a second major food crisis in Africa in less than a year.
Hunger season comes early for Chad's most vulnerable
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 22 February 2012 – At a medical clinic outside of Bol, a town in Chad’s Lac Region, I recently met Adama Abdulai – a 30-year-old mother of six. Her 3-year-old son Abdou was being treated for severe acute malnutrition; at eight kilograms, Abdu weighed roughly the same amount as his 9-month-old brother.
In Chad, promoting immunization to fight deadly measles
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 21 February 2012 – During the second phase of a measles immunization campaign, in early February, vaccinators were hard at work immunizing long lines of waiting children.
In Chad, clean and sustainable water and sanitation systems keep families safe from disease
N'DJAMENA, Chad, 17 February 2012 – While N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, bakes in the midday heat, Aisha Adoum uses the harsh sun to dry tomatoes, ochre and berries for the market. It is the dry season here, with dust coating everything. Children find relief playing in the low and polluted lakes and rivers, alongside carpet washers.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visits malnourished children in Chad
MAO, Chad, 15 February 2012 – A layer of dust cloaks the horizon around Mao, a town in Western Chad, deep in the Sahel region of Africa. Rain hasn't fallen in years, and four seasons of crops have failed. Animals have long been dying here, but lately, children have too.
Threat of malnutrition dire in Africa's Sahel region due to increasing food shortages
DAKAR, Senegal, 12 December 2011 – It’s not a tsunami or an earthquake – it is a predictable emergency. UNICEF estimates more than a million children under five will need to be treated in feeding centres for severe malnutrition in the Sahel region of Africa. It is a staggeringly high number, and there is little time to prepare.
New programme aims to stop the transmission of polio in Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 23 September 2011 – Chad’s fight to eradicate polio has become a national emergency as the number of registered polio cases has risen to over 90 to date this year.
Women activists say 'no' to sexual and gender-based violence in Chad
LAI, Chad, 7 September 2011 – A brave mother, Hadjara Oumarou, sat under a tree with her estranged husband, Oumar Sidik, outside their local village courthouse here in Chad’s Tandjilé District. Their 10-year-old daughter Amira (not her real name) sat between them.
Thousands of lives at risk in Chad due to cholera epidemic
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 11 August 2011 - Cholera has resurged in Chad affecting more than 7000 people since March 2011, most of whom are the poorest and most vulnerable.
Prominent Chadian artists come together in concert to raise awareness about polio
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 14 June 2011 – Some of Chad’s most prominent artists came together last month for ‘Deux Gouttes’, a concert held here in the capital under UNICEF’s auspices, to raise awareness about polio and increase the visibility of the country’s polio immunization campaign.
Lake Chad's receding water level heightens risks of malnutrition and disease
BOL, Chad, 9 February 2011 – Yakowra Malloum commands respect as she enters the Sultan’s compound in the centre of Bol. Covered in a bright coloured scarf, with an intricate floral henna design running down her arms, she looks like many of the other women who have gathered in the later hours of a hot sunny afternoon. But this trained pharmacist, who has spent the last 20 years working with the Ministry of Health, is different.
UNICEF and partners respond to a drought and nutrition emergency in Chad
MAO, Chad, 24 January 2011 – After four weeks in a hospital feeding centre, Fatime, 5, weighs 7 kg – less than half what a child her age should weigh. This is good news.
A Chadian mother discovers the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding
SAHELIAN REGION, Chad, 3 August 2010 – Exclusive breastfeeding – one of the best ways to protect an infant’s health – means feeding a baby only with maternal milk from birth to six months, and giving it no other liquid. Breastmilk is easy for a baby to digest, fully meets its nutritional needs and protects against illness by transferring a mother’s immunity or disease resistance to her child.
UNICEF advocate and author Ishmael Beah pens high-profile op-ed on child soldiers
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 28 June 2010 – On the inside walls of one of the centres for former child soldiers in N’Djaména, the capital of Chad, are images that start with the horrors of war and gradually become those of anticipated hopes and dreams.
Chad and five other Central African countries pledge to end use of children in armed conflict
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 11 June 2010 – At a regional conference here this week, Chad and five other Central African nations signed a declaration on ending the use of child soldiers. In a recorded video address to the participants, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake offered fervent support for the move.
UNICEF and partners support reintegration of child soldiers in Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 28 May 2010 – For Dowa Samna, 19, working at a garage in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, is a far cry from his former life in the armed forces. The former child soldier recalls that conditions in the military were rough. “We did not eat regular meals,” he says, “and we had to share everything.”
Amidst severe food crisis, health and nutrition centres support children in Chad
MOUSSORO, Chad, 27 May 2010 – Radié Hami holds her baby girl, Achta, close to her as they wait at the new Moussoro health and nutrition centre. The young mother is accompanied by her husband and an uncle. As a nomadic family, it is their first visit to the centre and their first time in town.
Scaling up therapeutic feeding as nutrition crisis deepens in Chad
MOUSSORO, Chad, 13 May 2010 – There was no question that 18-month-old Hissène needed treatment when he arrived at the nutrition centre in Moussoro, a dusty town in western Chad.
Severe food shortages in western Chad lead to rising malnutrition in children
MAO, Chad, 24 March 2010 – Adam Abdulai is just over a year old, but he can barely move, let alone stand up and walk. He and a dozen other emaciated children lie on mattresses at a feeding centre in Mao, western Chad, with their mothers and grandmothers watching over them helplessly.
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow highlights polio immunization drive in Chad
N'DJAMENA, Chad, 8 March 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow recently visited Chad to highlight the importance of vaccinating the country's children against polio.
Hameed’s story: Former child soldiers are finding new lives in Chad
MOUSSORO, Chad, 12 February 2010 – Hameed (not his real name), 16, has a glazed look on his face when he talks about his life as a child soldier in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region. “I’ve lost count of how many people I have killed, and I don’t think about it,” he says, shuffling his feet nervously.
Awareness campaign aims to reduce danger from unexploded ordnance in eastern Chad
GOZ BEIDA, Chad, 26 June 2009 – The Day of the African Child celebration in the Dar Sila region of eastern Chad started with a controlled explosion on 16 June.
Ensuring a right to special protection for vulnerable child refugees in Chad
IRIBA, Chad, 19 June 2009 – Children protecting the rights of children: That’s the idea behind the workshop being held in Iridimi, one of three camps in northern Chad for refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan.
UNICEF providing vital aid to CAR refugees in southern Chad
GORE, Chad, 3 June 2009 – After the death of her husband in 2007, Hadidia Aliou fled her home village in northern Central African Republic (CAR), taking her five children with her. The family now lives in the camp of Dosseye, one of three refugee camps located about 30 kilometres from the shared Chad/CAR border.
A shot to live: Meningitis immunization in Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 8 May 2009 – Ahmad’s father smiles sadly while he tries to make his little boy stand still so that the nurse can give him a dose of trivalent meningitis vaccine.
Despite challenges, UNICEF continues to push for release of child soldiers
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 29 April 2009 – Abraham, 13, is a former child soldier who was demobilized in 2007. His large brown eyes belie his young age. They have clearly seen more than a young boy should.
Bakhit’s story: Working to protect children from unexploded mines in Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 6 April 2009 – All it took was a simple moment of curiosity to tragically change a young Chadian boy’s life forever. The incident occurred in January 2008, when Bakhit, 7, was playing with his friends and happened upon an unexploded landmine.
Therapeutic feeding for malnourished refugee children in Chad
DAHA, Chad, 2 April 2009 – Abderahman keeps a tight grip on the orange plastic cup filled with therapeutic milk – the same milk that recently saved his life. Three weeks ago, this 14-month-old toddler was a shadow of his current self, and critically underweight.
Refugees from Chad participate in focus group discussions
DAHA, Chad, 27 March 2009 – Since mid-February, over 7,500 refugees from the Central African Republic have arrived in Daha, after being displaced by violence. Daha has about 4,000 inhabitants and is located less than 200 meters from the shared border with Chad. More than 80 per cent of the displaced persons are women and children.
Mother-to-child transmission of HIV persists in Chad
N'DJAMENA, Chad, 17 March 2009 – The recent National Conference on the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission and Paediatric Care, held here in Chad's capital, brought government officials, health workers and community and religious leaders together to address the persistence of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
UNICEF Chad aids families fleeing violence in the Central African Republic
DAHA, Chad, 18 February 2009 – Musa sits quietly on a mat under a small grass shelter, and the bewilderment in his eyes is palpable. The four-year-old has recently arrived in Daha, a small village in a remote part of south-eastern Chad near the border with the Central African Republic (CAR).
Providing quality education for displaced children in Eastern Chad
DJABAL, Chad, 29 October 2008 – Thirteen-year-old Manayar wants to see peace in Chad. She wants to continue school and become a doctor in her own country.
Providing protection and emotional care for children living in camps in Cameroon
KOUSSERI, Cameroon, 20 May 2008 – The bridge connecting Kousseri, Cameroon to N’djamena, Chad takes about five minutes to walk across, but in the hot afternoon sun, it might feel like much longer – especially if the bridge is crowded, as it was in the first days of February when tens of thousands fled violence between the Chadian military and rebel forces.
Working to combat infant and child malnutrition in Cameroon
KOUSSERI, Cameroon, 15 May 2008 – The UNICEF warehouse in Ngaoundéré, Cameroon is filled with therapeutic milk and supplementary foods like 'Plumpy’nut' – all stocked in recent weeks to help battle malnutrition in several key provinces and in camps for families displaced by violence in neighbouring Chad.
UNICEF helps protect children and families at risk on the Cameroon-Chad border
KOUSSERI, Cameroon, 6 May 2008 – According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, about 8,000 people, including over 2,800 infants and children, are currently living in Maltam Camp, a refugee settlement in northern Cameroon. For these displaced families, all taking refuge from the violence in southern Chad, time seems to stand still.
Zoe’s Ark children reunited with their families in Chad after five months
NEW YORK, USA, 19 March 2008 – Last Friday morning, after five months spent in an orphanage in eastern Chad, 83 of 103 children known to the world as the ‘Zoe’s Ark orphans’ began their journey home. Most of the remaining 20 children are expected to be reunited with their families this week.
Widespread damage and thousands displaced after violence in West Darfur
NEW YORK, USA, 13 February 2008 – UNICEF has conducted its first mission to northern West Darfur in the wake of an attack by Sudanese forces.
Thousands of Chadian refugees in Cameroon still face an uncertain future
NEW YORK, USA, 11 February 2008 – While many Chadian refugees have begun returning home, between 20,000 and 30,000 displaced people remain in northern Cameroon, their fates uncertain.
UNICEF begins distributing emergency aid to Chadian refugees
NEW YORK, USA, 8 February 2008 – UNICEF has begun distributing emergency supplies to the thousands of Chadian refugees who have fled to Cameroon to escape violence in their own country.
Situation remains uncertain as thousands flee widespread violence in Chad
NEW YORK, 4 February 2008 – UNICEF and United Nations assessment teams have been sent to the borders of Cameroon and Nigeria, where thousands have fled to escape fighting in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena.
UNICEF and Government of Chad reach accord raising hopes for children in armed conflict
NEW YORK, 11 May 2007 – UNICEF and the Government of Chad signed an accord this week to work to demobilize child soldiers throughout the country.
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow highlights plight of CAR and Chad
NEW YORK, USA, 28 February 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow was at United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday to draw attention to the plight of children and families displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad.
Mia Farrow witnesses dire effects of conflict in eastern Chad
DJORLA, Chad, 22 February 2007 – The militia attacked the village of Djorla in eastern Chad before dawn. They torched the huts and ransacked the food stores. Unlike many villagers under similar attack in this area, the people of Djorla fought back, and paid a heavy price.
New violence displaces more families and hampers relief efforts in Chad
NEW YORK, USA, 28 November 2006 – Escalating unrest in Chad is hampering efforts to help a quarter of a million Sudanese refugees and Chadian nationals displaced by the fighting across the region.
Mahamat Ali, 13, finds an outlet in football at a Chad refugee camp
AMBOKO CAMP, Chad – Mahamat Ali, 13, is a refugee from the Central African Republic (CAR) - one of 28,000 people living in the Amboko camp in southern Chad. He fled to Chad three years ago after his parents were killed during a coup d'etat.
UNICEF helps displaced children and families survive in Chad’s desert
GOZ BEIDA, Chad, 6 June 2006 – “They came again and again, taking our things, killing and burning our villages,” says Fatime, a Chadian mother of five. “We had to leave our village near the border of Sudan because of the Janjaweed militia.”
UNICEF urges more international help to improve security for children in Chad
NEW YORK, USA, 23 May 2006 – UNICEF humanitarian workers have returned to their posts in eastern Chad after being evacuated for security reasons during the country’s recent presidential election.
Educating Fatna: For a refugee schoolgirl in Chad, a chance to learn
NEW YORK, 13 April 2006 – Today in Dakar, Senegal, the governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and other partners in the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative launched their new Regional Network for West and Central Africa, where increasing girls’ access to quality education has been a challenging task.
Executive Board delegates visit Darfur refugees in Chad and witness UNICEF in action
NEW YORK, 10 April 2006 – At a refugee camp in Chad, women and children fleeing violence across the border in Darfur, Sudan are given nutrition and medical care. Some have walked for days to get there. They describe how their men were murdered, their homes and communities destroyed.
Child-friendly spaces help Sudanese refugee children overcome trauma and malnutrition at camps in Chad
ABECHE, Chad, 9 December 2005 – Providing the semblance of a normal childhood to refugee children – as well as professional help to those who have been traumatized – is as important as food, water, health care and education. UNICEF is supporting 46 ‘child-friendly spaces’ in five refugee camps in eastern Chad, where families have fled the fighting in the neighbouring Darfur region of Sudan.
Chad: Host communities threatened by disease and unsafe water
KERFI, Chad, 1 September 2005 – Eight-year-old Fatime stands with a crowd of children on the bank of one of the flooded seasonal rivers, called wadis.
Harlem youth raise funds for children in Chad
NEW YORK, 28 April 2005 – Youth from the Boys & Girls Harbor – a charitable organization based in Harlem, New York City – visited UNICEF headquarters today to deliver in person a donation supporting programmes for children in Chad. UNICEF Goodwill ambassador Harry Belafonte was on hand to greet the four youth ambassadors and receive a cheque on behalf of UNICEF.
Darfur refugees fuel tension in Chad
NEW YORK, 1 February 2005 - Tension is increasing in eastern Chad as refugees from the troubled Darfur region of Sudan cross the border seeking safety. There are an estimated 203,000 people now living in 11 overcrowded camps in Chad, and more could arrive as the crisis in Darfur continues.
Concern in West Africa as locust crisis worsens
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 3 September 2004 – A 12-country emergency meeting in Dakar, Senegal has decided to use national armed forces to help combat the devastating spread of desert locusts in West Africa.
UNICEF and partners bring much-needed aid to Darfur’s children in eastern Chad
N’DJAMENA/NEW YORK, 25 August 2004 – UNICEF, United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations continue to work together to assist thousands of children, women and men who have been forced to flee their homes in the Darfur region and are currently living in camps in eastern Chad.
Sudanese refugee children in eastern Chad receive life-saving vaccines
N’DJAMENA, 19 August 2004 – UNICEF is providing 206,000 doses of measles and polio vaccines for immunizing displaced Sudanese children less than 15 years old, as part of an effort to immunize all of the more than 86,000 Sudanese refugees living in camps in Chad. The goal is to achieve more than 80 per cent vaccination coverage.