Chad

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INFORMATION

Capital: N’Djamena

Government: Dominant Party Presidential Republic

Current President: Idriss Déby

Economy:

  • Although primarily agricultural, the economy will continue to be boosted by major foreign direct investment projects in the oil sector, estimated at 1.5 billion barrels) that began in 2000.
  • At least 80% of Chad’s population relies on subsistence farming and raising livestock for its livelihood.
  • Relies on foreign assistance and foreign capital for most public and private sector investment projects.

Population: 16,877,357 (2020)

Land Size: 1.28 million sq km (495,800 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Sara: 28%
  • Arab: 12%
  • Daza 11%
  • Mayo-Kebbi: 10%
  • Kanem-Bornou: 9%
  • Ouaddai: 9%
  • Hadjarai: 7%
  • Tandjile: 7%
  • Fitri-Batha: 5%
  • Other: 2%
Religions:

  • Muslim: 53.1%
  • Catholic: 20.1%
  • Protestant: 14.2%
  • Indigenous African Religions: 7.3%
  • Other: 0.5%
  • Unknown: 1.7%
  • Atheist: 3.1%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Arabic (official)
  • Sara (in south)
  • More than 120 languages and dialects

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RECENT NEWS

  • Wed - Dec 1, 2021: FOCAC - Jerandi Meets With FMs of Senegal, Chad and Togo - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Othman Jerandi had a series of talks with Senegalese, Chadian and Togolese FMs on the sidelines of the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held on November 29-30 in Dakar.
  • Wed - Dec 1, 2021: Nigeria, Chad to Partner On Power Interconnection - Buhari's Minister - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [Vanguard] The Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, has assured the Republic of Chad of Nigeria's continuous interaction on power interconnection.
  • Tue - Nov 30, 2021: Humanitarian Tragedy Deepens After West Darfur Violence - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [Radio Dabanga] Jebel Moon / Wadi Barak -- The Chadian authorities say that more than 12,000 Sudanese refugees, most of them children, women, and seniors, have arrived in the Wadi Barak area after fleeing the violence in attacks on villagers and nomads in Jebel Moon, West Darfur, during the past 10 days. Thousands of villagers fled to eastern Chad after their homes were burned to ashes. There are conflicting reports of exactly how many people were killed or injured in the violence.
  • Thu - Nov 25, 2021: Darfur Refugees in Chad Desperate and Destitute - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [Radio Dabanga] Chad -- Thousands of Sudanese refugees who fled to eastern Chad from Jebel Moon in West Darfur as a result of armed attacks on their villages over the last week, are calling for urgent humanitarian intervention to save their lives.
  • Tue - Nov 23, 2021: Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad Say New Threats Warrant Change of Military Response - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [VOA] Yaounde, Cameroon -- Cameroonian, Nigerian and Chadian troops fighting terrorism in the Lake Chad basin say attacks on military positions have been increasing since Boko Haram leader Aboubakar Shekau was declared dead in May.