There I promised myself, from now on I WILL post when I have planned to post. And… I am doing it. Sort of 😇
These “I Stand With…” posts are not in-depth analyses of what is going on but more a highlight, that there is war in many forms in different countries and not only that one that the mainstream media currently favors.
Today we are having a look at Chad a country in the centre of Africa which was ravaged by civil war for decades after it’s independence from France.
First, some simple facts about Chad:
It has the nickname “the dead center of Africa” because most of its landmass is desert which might explain it’s long conflict with Sudan. However, Lybia tried to annex part of the country, too.
Decades ago oil was found but the continuous civil war prevented its extraction. I assume that explains Lybia’s interest in Chad. Only in the 2000s, Esso could start a pipeline and Al Jazeera asked the question in this video if that was a blessing or curse. It’s a video from 2011.
But maybe it all boils down to climate change and a shrinking Lake Chad:
And the latest news? A peace deal has been signed between Chad’s government and many rebel groups about a month ago:
I have to admit looking into the strive of many of these countries has shown me how little I know of Africa. But also how many different interpretations there are about the reasons for their struggle.
Let’s pray this peace deal will work and Chad will develop in a harmonic way in the future.
Please, stay safe, stay kind and remember: peace is not a given – we need to protect it with all we have.