Federal Foreign Office provides 1 million euro for the people of Chad

07.02.2008 - Press release

The Federal Foreign Office has made available 1 million euro to provide immediate humanitarian relief for internally displaced persons in Chad. The money will help fund relief and protection activities organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Drinking water, food, household equipment and hygiene items are all urgently needed. In addition, emergency medical care is to be secured for the displaced persons.

The Chadian capital N'Djaména has weathered a rebel attack over the past few days. More than 1000 people have been wounded in the fighting, and many have lost their lives. Some 20,000 people have fled to neighbouring Cameroon and to Nigeria.

The relief activities for refugees from the Sudan and the Central African Republic, as well as for internally displaced persons in eastern Chad have been scaled back for the moment because many aid workers have left the country. The ICRC, however, maintains its presence in the country, both in N'Djaména and in eastern Chad, and is continuing its humanitarian work.

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