Violence worsens Chad crisis

UN considers a peacekeeping mission to troubled Darfur neighbour.

by
    Ban Ki-moon wants to send peacekeepers to Chad  [AP]

    "In previous attacks they only shot men, but this time they also shot women and children."
     
    Inter-ethnic conflict
     
    Armed groups are plentiful in Chad. Some cross the border from the
    Darfur region of Sudan while others are home grown.
     
    Antonio Guterres, the UN high commissioner for refugees, said: "You have rebels that attack government troops, you have at same time inter-ethnic conflict between different tribes, nomads versus farmers and then you have widespread banditry."

    With instability growing at an alarming rate, the United Nations Security
    Council has been considering a peacekeeping mission to Chad.
     
    Ban Ki-Moon, the UN secretary general, spoke of sending nearly 11,000 troops to stop the spillover attacks from Darfur and to protect civilians within the camps.
     
    Abdakar, another Chadian homeless, said: "Living conditions here are very hard. There is a lack of clean water, and food. Women are attacked when they get out to collect firewood to cook."

    Aid agencies feared that the growing violence threatens to slow humanitarian assistance to a trickle.

    Not only is there a scarcity of clean drinking water, according to the British aid group Oxfam, some camps contain as many as 15,000 people without a single latrine.

    Jennifer Abrahamson of Oxfam International, said: "The international needs to be completely aware of the ongoing strife in the region and ensure that these innocent civilians are protected so we don't see another crisis that reaches the same levels as what we've seen in Darfur."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR



    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.