Handicap International works in Chad to reduce the threat of explosive remnants of war and provide essential assistance to the victims of these weapons. There are 300,000 people living under the constant threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war, the legacy of four decades of successive wars in Chad. The presence of these weapons is a major obstacle to the country’s development. Handicap International has been working in Chad since October 2014 and employs 30 national staff and seven expatriates.
Essentially a rural country, Chad ranks among the 10 poorest countries in terms of human development. Chad has a population of around 12.8 million people, with 47% living beneath the poverty threshold, according to the World Bank. 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, and Libya, along with the actions of the terrorist organization 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 neighboring crises and are living in extremely vulnerable situations. Handicap International has worked in Chad on a number of occasions between 1982 and 2000, with its primary focus on physical rehabilitation activities.
Supporting Mine Clearance Operations
Handicap International 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. The organization also conducts mine risk education and provides training and technical support to members of the National Demining High Commission.
Handicap International trains staff at Chad’s physical rehabilitation centers and assists the sector by developing a disability identification strategy. It is providing support for the reopening of the N’Djamena Rehabilitation Center and is helping victims’ and disabled people’s organizations to campaign for their rights, since these groups are heavily marginalized in Chad.
THESE PROJECTS ARE POSSIBLE THANKS TO HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL DONORS, AND THE FOLLOWING FUNDING BODIES: