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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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Advocacy

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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