17 March 2010
Mao is a sand swept town in the Kanem region in the far west of Chad. It is the most desolate and powerfully beautiful place I have ever seen. (..)The numbers of starving children far exceed the capacity of Unicef's emergency feeding center. Cases of formula and life-saving nutrients are arriving, but many children are already too weak to swallow. The Chadian government must urgently take action, along with the World Food Program and other relief agencies before it is too late.
19 June 2009
Members of armed paramilitary groups are a serious threat to civilians who fled violence and insecurity and are now returning to their villages, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) phased out food aid for the internally displaced people in 2008, but began to provide limited rations again in April 2009 following an emergency food security assessment. But those remaining in the camps say that the renewed assistance is not enough to feed their families, so they are forced to find other sources of food.
18 May 2009
Security and surveillance patrols by Irish troops serving in the volatile region of Eastern Chad have been curtailed because the United Nations has been unable to provide sufficient levels of fuel needed for full operations. (..) The staff – from the UNHCR, Oxfam and the World Food Programme – requested evacuation amid reports of armed rebels moving towards them after crossing the border from Sudan in a convoy of 4X4 vehicles.
8 May 2009
While food aid is vital for tackling malnutrition, it cannot be the sole response when the condition is chronic as in Chad’s western Kanem region, where aid workers have developed a programme to meet both urgent needs and long-term food insecurity. Studies in Kanem by the World Food Programme (WFP) and NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF) in 2008 showed acute overall malnutrition levels of 20 percent and an under-five mortality rate of three per 10,000 per day – surpassing emergency thresholds.
8 May 2009
UN officials in Chad are assessing whether it is safe for humanitarian staff to return to an area in the east where clashes this week between rebels and government forces forced out most aid workers. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP) suspended a food distribution that was underway for the refugees in Koukou, WFP-Chad reports officer Amélie Rwankineza told IRIN from the capital N'djamena. "There are 530 tonnes of food at the camp and some of the refugees had already received their monthly rations," she said.
7 May 2009
The United Nations voiced growing concern on Wednesday as Sudan-backed rebels said they were advancing towards the Chadian capital Ndjamena after clashing with government forces in the country's east.(...) Rebel forces entered villages to the north and south of Goz Beida without meeting resistance, diplomatic sources told AFP.
Staff at the World Food Programme said Wednesday they had stopped distribution of food in the refugee camp of Goz Amir, eastern Chad, housing 22,000 people because of security concerns, the agency announced.
7 May 2009
Irish troops in Chad have evacuated 65 humanitarian staff and are now braced for serious unrest as hundreds of heavily-armed rebels move towards their base in the east of the country. (...) Most of the evacuees – who work for the UNHCR, Oxfam and the World Food Programme – were last night being accommodated in Camp Ciara. Others were staying in compounds and offices in Goz Beida owned by their organisations.
16 February 2009
In one Darfur refugee camp in Chad, thousands of women have learned a whole new way to cook. Instead of relying on the usual wood-fueled fires, families are eating meals cooked by sunlight. Solar cooking could be saving their lives. [...] In the Iridimi camp, as with many other camps, the occupants are mostly women and children, as a large number of Darfur men have been killed. The women are tasked with caring for their own families and for orphans, and that means feeding everyone in their care with supplies distributed by aid organizati ons. Each month, the World Food Program gives each family a month's worth of food and firewood. The food typically lasts the month. The firewood doesn't.
12 January 2009
Jonathan Harr, reporter at large for The New Yorker, takes a close look at the lives of international aid workers and their organisations in the central African nation of Chad.
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