“We have some animals, but everyone is poor,” said one fisherman in the Chadian village of Bibi-Barrage, on Lake Chad. “If we had some canoes, we could fish.” For two years now, indigenous villagers and displaced people have been living together surviving on the same land resources with not enough to go around. Lake Chad ...
Mathieu Kaldaoussa and his family have experienced the terror of Boko Haram first hand. They were forced to flee their village in Cameroon after repeated incursions from Boko Haram fighters. Three of his children were kidnapped. His children have still not been found and the 32-year-old and his wife and their four remaining children are ...
Elvine, 37, paid 6,000 Euro to people smugglers to make the tough journey through the desert from Cameroon to Libya, passing through Chad, Niger, Mali and Libya. She was heading for Tripoli where a family friend had offered to give her refuge.
This year Gaba is fully engaged with the emergency assistance project of Caritas Switzerland and UNAD (Caritas Chad) that helps people from several regions of Chad who are severely affected by the drought. Help is mainly provided in form of food and new seeds.
Balama was a village once located on the shores of Lake Chad, in the east of the county. Since the 1960s, the lake has been greatly reduced. A changing climate and uncontrolled use of water for irrigated agricultures combined with population pressure, has led to the receding of the lake to 10 percent of its original surface.
It is only natural that the women work together in the field in Hadj al-Dérib. All 120 women of the village are members of a committee, which takes care of the cultivation of various crops as well as the granary and the mill. Each committee has a president, a vice-president and a secretary.
In August 2011, when it stopped raining during the days of cultivation of the land, not all grain was sown. The amount of grain that grew during the following weeks was a lot less than during a normal year. Cornfields have also been plagued by the locusts just before harvest time.