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Terrorism - Jonathan to Leave for Chad Today

[Daily Trust]President Goodluck Jonathan will travel to Ndjamena tomorrow for talks with his Chadian counterpart, Idriss Deby, over terrorism. (AllAfrica)

Chad to double oil output by 2016, develop minerals -minister

Chad expects to double oil production by the end of 2015 as new fields come on stream and has appointed firms to inventory potential mineral deposits in an effort to diversify the economy, its finance minister said. The former French colony, one of the poorest nations in the world, has been rocked by humanitarian crises over the past decade including conflicts in the east and south, drought in the arid Sahel region and flooding.


African First Ladies Unite Against Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

On Tuesday, September 23, representatives from the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS took a break from the United Nations General Assembly to meet with UNAIDS, the International Planned Parenthood Foundation and Alere , one of the world's leaders in HIV testing technologies, to discuss intensifying efforts to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis throughout Africa. Last week, representatives from the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS met at NYC's Ford Foundation during the U.N. General Assembly for a workshop and conference on ending the epidemic.


West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread

DAKAR/OUGADOUGOU 22 September 2014 (IRIN) - As the Ebola caseload rises to over 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected by the deadly virus are gearing up for its potential spread across new borders by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers, identifying isolation centres, and disseminating prevention campaign messages, among other activities. (

Côte d'Ivoire refugees stuck in Liberia due to Ebola crisis

ABIDJAN 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - Halted for several months, the voluntary repatriation of Ivoirian refugees in Liberia was to have resumed in July. However, the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Liberia has led the Ivoirian authorities to close the country's borders to prevent the disease from spreading, suspending refugee returns until further notice. (

New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa

JOHANNESBURG 07 July 2014 (IRIN) - The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half. (

Melding science and tradition to tackle climate change

KISUMU 23 May 2014 (IRIN) - In the latest of several partnerships between tradition and modern science aimed at improving resilience to climate change, pastoralists and meteorologists in Tanzania are working together to produce weather forecasts better suited to farmers. (

Measles spreading in Chad amid weak vaccination coverage

DAKAR/N’DJAMENA 19 May 2014 (IRIN) - A measles outbreak that is spreading across sub-Saharan Africa is showing no sign of let-up as vaccine campaigners struggle to reach all at-risk children. (

CAR survivors endure squalid camp conditions in Chad

DOYABA/SIDDHO/BELOM/N’DJAMENA 08 May 2014 (IRIN) - Abdou Abdoullahi stands beside the drenched makeshift shelter he built with his family in Doyaba camp in southern Chad: a few flimsy cotton shawls stretched over thin branches twisted into a cone-shape. Ten metres away lies a fetid rubbish dump and seven latrines reeking of human excrement. (

Islamic law and the rules of war

DUBAI 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - Islamic law contains a rich, but complex set of rules on the protection of civilians which can be difficult to understand, given the range of sources and interpretations available. IRIN walks you through the basics. (

Jihadi jurisprudence? Militant interpretations of Islamic rules of war

DUBAI 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - Within extremist militant circles is a debate over acceptable behavior under the Islamic rules of war. This so-called “jihadi jurisprudence” is increasingly studied by humanitarians as practitioners seek to understand the degree to which there is room for even the most radical armed groups to be influenced in favour of the protection of civilians and aid workers. (

Can Islamic law be an answer for humanitarians?

DUBAI 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - In the last decade, aid and advocacy agencies have increasingly tried to understand Islamic law in order to use its humanitarian provisions as tools of negotiation with armed groups in the Muslim world. While the approach has seen some successes, it also raises certain ethical dilemmas. (

Rough guide to Islamic rules of war

DUBAI 24 April 2014 (IRIN) - There is a renewed interest in translating classical texts about Islamic rules of war into English, adding to the increasing body of work on the intersections between Islam, international humanitarian law (IHL) and the protection of civilians. IRIN provides this study guide to get you started. (

Trading away West Africa’s hunger

DAKAR 20 March 2014 (IRIN) - Severe food shortages in the Sahel and West Africa are often the result of droughts and poor harvests. But inefficient intra-regional trade also places significant strain on food availability, exacerbating hunger. (

Humanitarian response gap grows in northern Nigeria

KANO 14 March 2014 (IRIN) - Humanitarian needs are mounting in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram attacks have displaced 350,000 people since 2013, 290,000 of them internally; the rest are sheltering in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. But the national response is inadequate and the international response minimal due to access hurdles and political sensitivities. (

Exodus adds to CAR crisis

BANGUI 09 January 2014 (IRIN) - Tens of thousands of people of Chadian origin are desparate to flee violence in the Central African Republic. Their sudden departure is bad news for both countries. (

West Africa: West African livelihoods weakened by graft

DAKAR 03 January 2014 (IRIN) - Poor public services in many West African countries, with already dire human development indicators, are under constant pressure from pervasive corruption. Observers say graft is corroding proper governance and causing growing numbers of people to sink into poverty (

ERHC Energy Inc. Updates Shareholders on Progress

ERHC Shareholders: ERHC is pleased to present highlights of the Company's recent progress. Republic of Kenya Block 11A As announced last month, BGP successfully completed the 2D seismic program for Kenya Block 11A for the contracting parties.


CEMAC Regional Committee reviews Economic Partnership Agreement

The meeting which took place in Ndjamena, Chad was opportunity to negotiate the economic strategic approach of the of the sub region. During the sitting, participants sought ways of cushioning the negative effects of the ACP Economic Partnership Agreement signed with the European Union.


Chad to become 37th African state to ban homosexuality

Government ministers of the West African nation of Chad voted Monday to make same-sex relations a crime, the 37th African nation to enact such a law. Homosexuality is not currently illegal in Chad, but a section of a new penal code makes it punishable by 15 to 20 years imprisonment and a fine.


Chad accuses U.N. of neglecting its peacekeepers in Mali

Chad's government accused the United Nations ' peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday of failing to relieve its contingent in the country's volatile north and neglecting to support it, a day after five Chadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb. The mission, known as MINUSMA, was deployed last year after a French-led military intervention drove out al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters, who had seized the north a year earlier.


United Nations Loses Chad Peacekeepers to Bomb in Mali

[Deutsche Welle]At least five UN peacekeepers have been killed in northern Mali by an explosive. In addition, three were wounded. (AllAfrica)

Ivory Poaching Funds Insurgencies

[African Arguments]At the beginning of August, the minutes of a meeting of intelligence chiefs from African states were released, revealing the extent to which poaching and the smuggling of ivory and rhino horn were being used to fund insurgent groups in South Sudan, Al Shabaab in Somalia and the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). (AllAfrica)

UN Appeals for U.S. $34 Million for Nigerian Refugees

[UN News]The United Nations refugee agency today issued an urgent joint call for $34 million to aid the more than 75,000 people who have since last year fled the violence in northeast Nigeria by crossing into Chad, Cameroon and Niger. (AllAfrica)

Tracing the Oil Money

[AfricaFocus]From 2011 to 2013, the governments of [ten oil-producing African countries] sold over 2.3 billion barrels of oil. These sales, worth more than $250 billion, equal a staggering 56 percent of their combined government revenues. But, reveals a new report from Swiss and international nongovernmental organizations, there is little transparency about these sales, a quarter of which were made to littleknown Swiss trading companies. (AllAfrica)

Unfpa to Promote Rights of Women, Young People at Cairo Population Conference

[UNFPA]New York -The health and rights of women and young people, particularly girls, will be the focus of various events that will be held during the 69th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly, which starts here tomorrow. A number of these events will be organized by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. In addition, the UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, will be stressing to world leaders the vital need for them to invest in women and young people and to achieve the goals of the 199 (AllAfrica)

Domestic Curriculum for Refugee Camp Schools in Eastern Chad

[Radio Dabanga]Eastern Chad -The UNHCR, in collaboration with the Chadian Ministry of Education, will replace the Sudanese curriculum by the Chadian one in the refugee camp schools in eastern Chad. (AllAfrica)

Water Security No Longer a 'Future Threat' for Sahelian Africa

[African Arguments]Anyone living in the Horn of Africa, along the Nile, or near Lake Chad knows that water-related issues are among the most severe and wide-reaching security threats in Africa, and have been for some time now. (AllAfrica)

Peacekeepers Attacked

[UN News]Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday strongly condemned an attack on a military vehicle of the United Nations mission in Mali that resulted in the death of a Chadian peacekeeper and left four other troops wounded. (AllAfrica)

Chad - Influx of Refugees Slows Down Development

[Cameroon Tribune]Chad is surrounded by conflict-torn neighbours. Armed conflicts in Chad's neighbours; the Central African Republic, Libya, Nigeria and Darfour in Sudan have negatively affected the development of the country as development and investment resources have been diverted to tackle the teething problem of influx of refugees, Finances and Budget Minister, Kordjé Bedoumra reportedly told Business Africa. (AllAfrica)

PDP Accuses APC of Falsely Linking Jonathan to Sheriff's Chad Trip

[Guardian]Abuja -THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decried what it called attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) "to deceive Nigerians by issuing statements in the media presenting former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, as being in President Jonathan's entourage to Chad, knowing same to be completely false." (AllAfrica)