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Chad: I Had to Eat Like Animal - HabrA Prison Survivor

A man who survived the jails of former Chadian president Hissne Habr says he had to eat directly with his mouth "like an animal" during his four months of detention, because his hands were tied behind his back. Younous Mahadjir, 62, is now vice-president of the Chad Federation of Trade Unions .


Topix.net | 21-Nov-2014 09:26

Tomgram: Nick Turse, When Is a "Base Camp" Neither a Base Nor a Camp?

Sometimes, to see the big picture you need to focus on the smallest part of it, as Nick Turse does in the latest of his dispatches on the U.S. military in Africa . He takes a look at that military in Chad.


Topix.net | 20-Nov-2014 16:01

Fear of Boko Haram wrecks tourist business in Cameroon

Tourists once flocked to the rugged far north of Cameroon for its wildlife and spectacular scenery, until cross-border raids by the Nigerian Islamist extremists of Boko Haram all but halted such visits. "Before, we had many tourists, but people are afraid to come now," said Moussa Ali, who has a stall in the craft market at Maroua, the main town of the Extreme North region, a strip of territory between Nigeria to the west and Chad to the east.


Topix.net | 20-Nov-2014 06:48

HRW: Chad courts must conduct fair trial of former dictator's security forces

The defendants are accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, arbitrary detention, and assault and battery during Habre's rule. The trial is set to commence in Chad's capital N'Djamena on November 14. Two of the defendants, Saleh Younouss and Mahamat Djibrine, are wanted by the Extraordinary African Chambers [official website, in French] in Dakar, Senegal.


Topix.net | 10-Nov-2014 20:24

'Shekau' denies ceasefire deal with FG in new video

B oko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau yesterday dismissed claims about ceasefire talks between his group and the government, even as Federal Government officials are now trading blames over the phantom ceasefire deal brokered by the President of Chad, Idriss DA©by. A new Boko Haram video obtained by AFP yesterday showed militants on an armoured vehicle parading down a road in an unidentified town they apparently control and the group's leader Abubakar Shekau preaching to the residents.


Topix.net | 10-Nov-2014 02:04

Central African peacekeeping force gears up for action
LOANGO, SOUTHERN CONGO 10 November 2014 (IRIN) - With hundreds of soldiers from its member states successfully completing a series of joint exercises and manoeuvres in Congo, the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) says its Multinational Force for Central Africa (FOMAC), is now ready to intervene in local conflicts and be part of global anti-terrorism initiatives.
irinnews.org | 10-Nov-2014 01:00

Boko Haram casts shadow over Chad's economy

Though Chad has so far been spared from an attack by Boko Haram, the fact the Islamist militants are so close and so dangerous has been bad for business in this landlocked country. Closed borders, security force patrols and the constant fear of violence spilling over its frontier has sent prices soaring and left business owners with one more worry.


Topix.net | 07-Nov-2014 11:30

An ambitious plan to end statelessness
LONDON 07 November 2014 (IRIN) - It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality.
irinnews.org | 07-Nov-2014 01:00

Chad hopes to weaken Boko Haram

A Chadian soldier poses at dusk in front of the arch of Place de La Nation in N'Djamena. Chad's army is considered one of Africa's most battle-ready and played a frontline role alongside the French in an operation in 2013 against Islamic fighters in Mali's desert north.


Topix.net | 03-Nov-2014 20:10

Sudan: Chad in Darfur Peace Talks

Chad's foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat met with representatives of three holdout rebel groups in Darfur to discuss ways to achieve peace in Sudan. Leading members from the Sudan Liberation Movement-Minni Minnawi , Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdel-Wahid El-Nour and the Justice and Equality Movement said in a joint statement on Saturday they met with the Chadian ministerial committee led by the foreign minister in Ndjamena.


Topix.net | 03-Nov-2014 12:37

Boko Haram leader says kidnapped girls m...

Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls have all been converted to Islam and married off, the leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremists claimed in a new video message. The leader of Boko Haram also denied he had agreed to any cease-fire with the government.


Topix.net | 02-Nov-2014 12:38

Simba Energy Retains Star Finance GmbH

Simba Energy Inc. , the pan-African onshore exploration oil & gas company, is pleased to announce that it has retained 2014, Star Finance has been and will continue to provide investor relations, marketing and consultant services for the European market to Simba Energy Inc. for a period of twelve months. Star Finance GmbH is one of the founding members of Stockteam Germany - a network of Europe-based individual investor relations companies and communication specialists .


Topix.net | 30-Oct-2014 20:35

Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic

The conflict in Sudan's Darfur region increasingly threatens two neighboring countries-Chad and the Central African Republic. The Sudanese government and rebel groups signed a peace agreement in May, but violence in Darfur has escalated since then.


Topix.net | 30-Oct-2014 16:37

Airborne Gravity/Magnetic Survey Confirms Viability of Leads in ERHC Energy's BDS 2008 in Chad

ERHC Energy Chad, a subsidiary of ERHC Energy Inc. , a publicly traded American company with oil and gas assets in Sub-Saharan Africa today announced that preliminary findings from an airborne gravity/magnetic survey of BDS 2008 in Southern Chad strongly confirm the viability of leads in two focus areas identified by ERHC's technical team after careful analysis of previously collected data. ERHC's sub-contractor, Bridgeporth Ltd., a specialist geosciences company, has completed the survey that began earlier this month.


Topix.net | 29-Oct-2014 13:24

Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel
DAKAR 29 October 2014 (IRIN) - Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
IRIN | 29-Oct-2014 01:00

Nigeria: Fears Over Ceasefire - How We Brokered Nigeria/Boko Haram Deal - Chad

Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free over 200 kidnapped schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap. The accord mediated by Chad for the release of the girls seized from Chibok, Borno State in April has been called into question since it was announced by the Nigerian military a fortnight ago.


Topix.net | 27-Oct-2014 18:31

Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls still on

Chad said it believed Nigeria's secret deal with Boko Haram Islamists to free more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls would go ahead despite the breakdown of a truce, and revealed that the key to the agreement was a prisoner swap. The accord mediated by Chad for the release of the girls seized from Chibok in northeast Nigeria in April has been called into question since it was announced by the Nigerian military last week.


Topix.net | 24-Oct-2014 15:20

Chad says Nigeria deal with Boko Haram to free girls is still on

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Topix.net | 24-Oct-2014 15:20

Nigeria talks with Boko Haram but no sign of girls' release

Nearly a week after Nigeria announced a ceasefire deal with Boko Haram, which it said would include the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group, there is still no sign of the girls being freed. Talks took place this week between the government and the Islamist militant group in the Chadian capital, but they are shrouded in secrecy.


Topix.net | 23-Oct-2014 07:54

Exporting Ebola - who's really at risk?
LONDON 22 October 2014 (IRIN) - More than 50 percent of Americans report being afraid of a mass Ebola outbreak on US soil, according to a Harvard poll earlier this month, but health experts say the true risk is further spread of the virus within the West African region.
IRIN | 22-Oct-2014 02:00

Officials say deal struck for Nigeria girls' return

Relatives of Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls on Saturday dared voice cautious hope of seeing the teenagers finally freed after officials claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants. Senior government and military officials on Friday said they had struck a cease-fire agreement.The deal reportedly included the release of the 219 girls whom the extremists seized from their school in April in a case that drew global outrage and sparked a #BringBackOurGirls campaign.


Topix.net | 18-Oct-2014 20:57

Nigerian military claims Boko Haram cease-fire, release of schoolgirls

Nigeria's military and presidency on Friday claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. "A ceasefire agreement has been concluded between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad ," Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said.


Topix.net | 17-Oct-2014 18:40

Nigeria: Deal Agreed To Return Kidnapped Girls

Nigeria's presidency says it has agreed a ceasefire with militants Boko Haram which would see the return of 219 kidnapped girls. Air Marshal Alex Badeh, chief of defence staff, said: "A ceasefire agreement has been concluded between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal Jihad .


Topix.net | 17-Oct-2014 18:40

Nigeria claims deal with Boko Haram on ceasefire, kidnapped girls

The Nigerian government said on Friday it has reached an agreement with Boko Haram militants to end hostilities and the release of over 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. ABUJA: Nigeria's military and presidency on Friday claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.


Topix.net | 17-Oct-2014 18:40

Liberians in US face worsening Ebola stigma
NEW YORK 17 October 2014 (IRIN) - Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma.
IRIN | 17-Oct-2014 02:00

Bridgeporth Commences Airborne Gravity / Magnetic Survey of ERHC Energy's BDS 2008 in Chad

ERHC Energy Chad, a subsidiary of ERHC Energy Inc. , a publicly traded American company with oil and gas assets in Sub-Saharan Africa today announced Bridgeporth Ltd., a specialist geosciences company, has commenced an airborne gravity/magnetic survey of BDS 2008 in Southern Chad. ERHC has 100 percent of the interest in BDS 2008.


Topix.net | 14-Oct-2014 01:33

Chad: President must scrap homophobic Bill

The President of Chad, Idriss Deby, has been directly warned that if a homophobic bill currently before parliament is passed, he will be showing a blatant disregard for the country's human rights obligations. In an open letter published today, Amnesty International's Secretary General, Salil Shetty, calls on the President to scrap the bill which threatens to impose jail sentences of up to 20 years and heavy fines for people "found guilty" of same sex activity.


Topix.net | 09-Oct-2014 13:56

Chad to double oil output by 2016, develop minerals -minister

Chad expects to double oil production by the end of 2015 as new fields come on stream and has appointed firms to inventory potential mineral deposits in an effort to diversify the economy, its finance minister said. The former French colony, one of the poorest nations in the world, has been rocked by humanitarian crises over the past decade including conflicts in the east and south, drought in the arid Sahel region and flooding.


Topix.net | 07-Oct-2014 16:24

Children dance for peace in Chad

N'DJAMENA, Chad, 3 October 2014 - Last summer, I traveled with a UNICEF production team to Tdjou, a small town in eastern Chad with a mix of arid and green landscapes, in the region of Dar Sila. Our objective was to talk with a group of parents in Tdjou about the Dance4Peace project, and to seek permission for their children to participate.


Topix.net | 04-Oct-2014 05:47

African First Ladies Unite Against Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

On Tuesday, September 23, representatives from the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS took a break from the United Nations General Assembly to meet with UNAIDS, the International Planned Parenthood Foundation and Alere , one of the world's leaders in HIV testing technologies, to discuss intensifying efforts to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis throughout Africa. Last week, representatives from the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS met at NYC's Ford Foundation during the U.N. General Assembly for a workshop and conference on ending the epidemic.


Topix.net | 02-Oct-2014 00:13

ERHC Energy Inc. Updates Shareholders on Progress

ERHC Shareholders: ERHC is pleased to present highlights of the Company's recent progress. Republic of Kenya Block 11A As announced last month, BGP successfully completed the 2D seismic program for Kenya Block 11A for the contracting parties.


Topix.net | 23-Sep-2014 18:03

CEMAC Regional Committee reviews Economic Partnership Agreement

The meeting which took place in Ndjamena, Chad was opportunity to negotiate the economic strategic approach of the of the sub region. During the sitting, participants sought ways of cushioning the negative effects of the ACP Economic Partnership Agreement signed with the European Union.


Topix.net | 23-Sep-2014 03:00

Chad to become 37th African state to ban homosexuality

Government ministers of the West African nation of Chad voted Monday to make same-sex relations a crime, the 37th African nation to enact such a law. Homosexuality is not currently illegal in Chad, but a section of a new penal code makes it punishable by 15 to 20 years imprisonment and a fine.


Topix.net | 22-Sep-2014 23:02

West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread
DAKAR/OUGADOUGOU 22 September 2014 (IRIN) - As the Ebola caseload rises to over 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected by the deadly virus are gearing up for its potential spread across new borders by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers, identifying isolation centres, and disseminating prevention campaign messages, among other activities.
irinnews.org | 22-Sep-2014 02:00

Chad accuses U.N. of neglecting its peacekeepers in Mali

Chad's government accused the United Nations ' peacekeeping mission in Mali on Friday of failing to relieve its contingent in the country's volatile north and neglecting to support it, a day after five Chadian soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb. The mission, known as MINUSMA, was deployed last year after a French-led military intervention drove out al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters, who had seized the north a year earlier.


Topix.net | 20-Sep-2014 01:48

Côte d'Ivoire refugees stuck in Liberia due to Ebola crisis
ABIDJAN 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - Halted for several months, the voluntary repatriation of Ivoirian refugees in Liberia was to have resumed in July. However, the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Liberia has led the Ivoirian authorities to close the country's borders to prevent the disease from spreading, suspending refugee returns until further notice.
irinnews.org | 19-Sep-2014 02:00

Cameroon border towns no safe haven for Nigerian refugees
MAROUA (CAMEROON) 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram violence at home and seeking refuge in Cameroon border towns are still not safe.
irinnews.org | 17-Sep-2014 02:00

APC accuses FG of shielding Sheriff, condemns harassment of Goje, others

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party led Federal Government of engaging in a systematic harassment of members of the opposition party, while at the same time shielding accused Boko Haram sponsor, Ali Modu Sheriff, from the law. In a statement issued in Ilorin on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party specifically condemned the harassment and intimidation of Danjuma Goje of the APC during a visit to his constituency in Gombe this week.


Topix.net | 16-Sep-2014 23:32

Nigeria mulls $20-billion offers to sell transmission assets

Chadian President Idris Deby Itno, right, welcomes his Nigerian counterpart Goodluck Jonathan at N'Djamena's airport on September 8, 2014. Chadian President Idris Deby Itno, right, welcomes his Nigerian counterpart Goodluck Jonathan at N'Djamena's airport on September 8, 2014.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 22:28

Airtel launches 3G in Chad

Indian-backed cellco Airtel Chad has launched 3G services in Chad, the Economic Times reports. The announcement was made at a ceremony attended by Chad's President Idriss Deby, and the heads of state of Nigeria and Mauritania, President Goodluck Jonathon and President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz respectively.


Topix.net | 15-Sep-2014 14:27

How to boost food production in Africa
ADDIS ABABA 15 September 2014 (IRIN) - Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa.
irinnews.org | 15-Sep-2014 02:00

Why President Jonathan couldn't avoid Modu Sheriff in Chad - Aide

By Ben Agande After the dilemma the presidential delegation was allegedly thrown into when they arrived the Chadian capital and found that the former Borno State governor was not only in Chad but was also part of the Chadian President's delegation that came to receive the president at the airport, more facts have emerged on why Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the former governor of Borno State was in Ndjamena, Chad during the visit of President Jonathan to the country recently. According to Saturday Vanguard' s investigations, Senator Modu Sheriff is deeply entrenched in the affairs of Nigeria's north eastern neighbour more than it is publicly known to most Nigerians.


Topix.net | 13-Sep-2014 07:59

Heartbreaking Video Shows Elephant Calf Rescue Flight

It's not often a baby elephant takes to the skies above central Africa . The reason for this extraordinary flight is rooted in the ruthless decimation of the elephant population in Africa.


Topix.net | 11-Sep-2014 21:38

GEJ won't interfere with ongoing investigation of accusation against Ali Modu Sheriff

We have noted with surprise, the unnecessary hue and cry raised by the All Progressives Congress and other bigoted critics of the Jonathan Administration over the claim that the President is "hobnobbing" with the former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff who was recently accused by the Australian, Stephen Davis of being one of the chief sponsors of the terrorist group, Boko Haram. Continue The totally erroneous basis for that charge was the spurious claim that Senator Sheriff accompanied President Jonathan on his recent trip to Ndjamena as a member of his entourage.


Topix.net | 11-Sep-2014 19:36

Africa must tackle terrorism, leaders warn

Ugandan soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia patrol in a formation near the Jilacow underground cell inside a national security compound after an attack by suspected militants in Mogadishu August 31, 2014.


Topix.net | 02-Sep-2014 15:30

Rebel-held mine collapses in Central African Republic, killing 25

At least 25 people died when a gold mine collapsed near the Central African Republic town of Bambari, a spokesman for the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels which run the mine said on Friday.


Topix.net | 22-Aug-2014 20:00

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