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Chad has 300,000 people living with the constant threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war, the legacy of four decades of successive wars. The presence of these weapons is a major obstacle to the country’s development. Handicap International has been working in the country since October 2014, supporting mine clearance operations and providing assistance to victims.

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Chad has 300,000 people living with the constant threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war, the legacy of four decades of successive wars. The presence of these weapons is a major obstacle to the country’s development. Handicap International has been working in the country since October 2014, supporting mine clearance operations and providing assistance to victims.
Chad has 300,000 people living with the constant threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war, the legacy of four decades of successive wars. The presence of these weapons is a major obstacle to the country’s development. Handicap International has been working in the country since October 2014, supporting mine clearance operations and providing assistance to victims.

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Handicap International is committed to work in Chad until 2018, as part of an EU development aid programme.

The organisation is helping to clear land contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of war, bringing it back into use for the villages directly affected by these threats. It trains members of the National Demining High Commission and is responsible for updating its procedures.

The organisation also trains staff at Chad’s physical rehabilitation centres and is assisting the sector by developing a disability identification strategy. It is providing support for the reopening of the N’Djamena Rehabilitation Centre and is helping organisations of mine victims and disabled people to campaign for their rights, since these groups are heavily marginalised in Chad.

Handicap International has worked in Chad on a number of occasions between 1982 and 2000, with its primary focus on physical rehabilitation activities. In 2001, the organisation published the Landmine Impact Survey (a national survey of the socio-economic impact of landmines/ERW in Chad) which is still a reference. In 2010-2011, Handicap International ran its first development programme in the mine clearance sector.

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Background

Essentially a rural country, Chad ranks among the 10 poorest countries in terms of human development. However, in recent years, the country has experienced high growth due to its oil industry.

The security situation in the region remains a cause for concern: crises in Sudan, the Central African Republic, Libya, along with the actions of the armed group Boko Haram are exacerbating an already complex humanitarian situation. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is predicting that the number of displaced people in the region will increase in 2015. The country already hosts some 500,000 people who have fled neighbouring crises and are living in extremely vulnerable situations.

Chad has a population of around 12.8 million people, with 47% living beneath the poverty threshold, according to the World Bank.

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