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Chad: Internally displaced receive seed and tools

09-06-2006 News Release 06/37

The ICRC has started distributing seed and tools this week to 25,000 displaced people in eastern Chad. The operation will be completed by the end of next week, just in time for the planting season and before the rains make it difficult to reach the area.


    It will benefit people who either still have access to their own fields or can plant on the land of their host villages.

The distribution is part of an integrated response to the needs of displaced people and host communities. As part of its activities, the ICRC is also providing shelter materials and household items, supporting health services and improving access to safe water.

Since late 2004, when the organization stepped up its operations in Abeche after refugees began pouring in from the Darfur region of Sudan, the situation in that part of the country has further deteriorated. Increased fighting and insecurity have forced people living along the Chad/Sudan border to flee towards other villages in the area – mostly within a few kilometres of the border, in Dar Sila and Assoungha districts (Goungour, Borota, Koloy and Dogdore/Tour near the Wadi Azoum). Although many have moved as far as 100 kilometres away to the town of Goz Beida, the majority have tried to stay as close to their home villages as possible and are in an extremely vulnerable position.

Despite the solidarity shown with the newcomers, their presence has overstretched the very limited resources available in the area and tensions are mounting between the different communities.

In addition to the aid it is providing, the ICRC is maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the various parties involved with a view to improving the safety of civilians in an area where the security situation is so poor that few other organizations are working there on a consistent basis. The ICRC, which will continue to do its best to assist those in need, hopes that vulnerable communities will remain accessible despite the current tensions and that the aid supplied will not in itself become a source of further tension and violence.

The ICRC has been present in Chad since 1977 and has over 100 staff working in the country.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Anahita Kar, ICRC Chad, tel: +235 6 201 005  

 Marco Jiménez Rodríguez, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 22 71 or +41 79 217 32 17