CHAD: What's happening in the north?

Published on 08 June 2010

BET, the acronym for the three northern regions of Chad – Borkou, Ennedi and Tibesti – comes up regularly in meetings of international aid agencies frustrated by the lack of information and difficulty of access to the remote territory. (..) The outgoing World Food Programme programme manager in Chad, Gon Myers, said the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance had curtailed support of school feeding programmes in the north. "The challenge ... is accessibility because of the landmines; we cannot invest in areas where we cannot visit schools." A visit in February 2010 to four school feeding programmes along the Sudan border in the northeast had required mine-resistant armoured vehicles from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic and Chad.

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