Charities continue efforts in Chad

23 January 2008

by Rachel Harden

RELIEF agencies continue to work in Chad, where last week military officials approved a long-awaited European peacekeeping force to serve in the country and in the neighbouring Central African Republic.

CORD, a Christian international aid charity based in Leamington Spa, has appealed for £100,000 to continue its work in the country, where thousands have been killed or injured owing to fighting.

The charity said last week that it also had serious concerns for displaced people caught up in the long-running crossfire between government troops and rebel forces.

Last year, the charity provided education for 21,000 primary-school-aged children, as well as setting up hundreds of micro-enterprises in refugee camps.

Launching the appeal, the director of CORD, Michael Godfrey, said that they wanted to extend their work beyond the four refugee camps they are currently working in.

The new EU peacekeeping force has been delayed a number of times due to a shortfall in equipment and troops, but contributions last week from France, Belgium, Poland, and Italy mean that they are expected to start work next month.

There are currently more than 200,000 refugees from Darfur in the camps, along with 178,000 displaced Chadians, and 43,000 Central Africans.

The Mission Aviation Fellowship said this week that it had completed a successful visit to Salal, where it had flown in a medical team. Led by Dr Roy Jones, the team had spent ten days working in the government clinic in Salal, a remote part of the country, where doctors are rare.

The medical team, who included a vet, left supplies at the clinic, which will be used by local nurses.

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