Dossier January 2016

A young but vital Church

The Church in Chad has a much shorter history than any other in Africa. It was only in 1928 that the first Catholic priest, Fr. René Calloc’h of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans) set foot in today’s Sarh, then named Fort Archambault. The first mission was established one year later in Kou, near Moundou, by…

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Growing ambitions

In early February 2008, Déby’s regime’s days seemed numbered: rebels from three different groups joined forces and reached N’Djamena. Their heavily armed men on pickups battled with government troops at a short distance from the presidential palace, and it was only thanks to the support of the French mission Epérvier that the attack was eventually…

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Chad. A country of contrasts

The 19th of October does not mark any particular anniversary or festivity in Chad, and neither will it in the future. However, this date took on a symbolic meaning, last year when two men representing the past, the present and possibly the future of the country ideally, met each other in a Dakar court.  …

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Oil: a blessing and a curse

When oil was discovered in Chad‘s Doba basin in the early 1990s, probably nobody would have imagined the extent of the impact of this commodity on the country. Still in 2003, when the first estimates of possible earnings were made, they put the mark at 2.5 billion dollars in the entire lifespan of the project…

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Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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