Help has already been actively involved in Chad for 16 years – previously above all in mine clearing. We have been supporting refugees and displaced persons since 2013. We are currently involved in three projects for 180,000 people in the areas of water, agriculture and assistance to refugees.
Help for refugees
Ahmat Moussa fled with his family to Chad. "Three months ago we saw that the neighbouring island was on fire. At first we thought that it was a normal bush fire, but when lots of boats left the island, we realised that it had to be Boko Haram. I tried to reach my nephew, who lived on the neighbouring island, but the phone was not answered. I later found out that he had been murdered. We then also packed everything up and fled on boats towards the mainland. Apart from Help, so far no one has provided any assistance. So far only Help has given us food, sleeping mats, blankets and clean water by building a well. We are eternally grateful for that."
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What is the situation like in Chad?
Fleeing from war and terror
Since 2003 Sudanese refugees have been fleeing from the conflict in Darfur to Chad. In the Darfur region the so-called Janjaweed horseback militia ransacked houses, destroyed fields and robbed cattle. The militia forcefully removed, raped and murdered women, men and children. More than 300,000 people died. Although there has since been a ceasefire, it is still not possible for the people who have fled to return to their home regions. They continue to hold out in refugee camps and depend on the support of charities such as Help. People are also fleeing in the west of Chad – here from attacks by Boko Haram. There is not space for everyone in the refugee camps. Many are therefore cut off from the assistance of international organisations. The structurally weak country has particularly great problems with water supplies.
How is Help helping in Chad?
Water, medicines and food for refugees
We have been working in the east of Chad since 2013 above all for refugees from Darfur and since 2015 for people displaced by Boko Haram in the west. In the Am Nabak refugee camp in the east Help not only provides the water supply, but is also building solar pumps, equipping hospitals and health centres and is working on long-term projects for sustainable water supplies. This is how river banks were built in Wadis.
Help is supporting refugees, internally displaced persons, returners and the local population in the region around Lake Chad in the west of the country with:
- Sleeping mats
- Toiletries and cooking utensils
- building wells
Help is the only humanitarian organisation here, which also supports people in need outside the camps.
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Help for refugees
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