Boko Haram arrests worsen Cameroon prison conditions
YAOUNDE 06 January 2016 (IRIN) - Detention conditions in Cameroon's prisons are worsening as thousands of people suspected of having links with Boko Haram are thrown into jail. An ill-equipped court system fails to process the cases, while suspects languish indefinitely, and more and more arrive from the Far North Region each week.
IRIN | 06-Jan-2016 01:00

Is education Boko Haram’s biggest victim?
KADUNA/DAKAR 07 December 2015 (IRIN) - The mass abduction of schoolgirls, the displacement of millions, and the relentless suicide attacks have received most of the Boko Haram headlines, but the exodus of teachers and the disintegration of the education system could be a longer-lasting legacy that sets northeastern Nigeria back a generation. | 07-Dec-2015 01:00

Fleeing Boko Haram: nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
KADUNA/MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA 02 November 2015 (IRIN) - The Boko Haram insurgency has claimed more than 25,000 lives in the past six years. Since 2014, it has escalated and splintered across a wider swathe of West and Central Africa, uprooting millions of people in the process. Where should they go? This special feature examines the bleak options and explores what the future holds.
IRIN | 02-Nov-2015 01:00

Vote limbo for Central African refugees
BERTOUA/DAKAR 14 September 2015 (IRIN) - Nearly 200,000 refugees who fled the Central African Republic are still waiting to see if they will be able to cast their ballots in next month's presidential elections. | 14-Sep-2015 02:00

Millions going hungry because of Boko Haram
ABUJA/DAKAR 11 September 2015 (IRIN) - Ongoing attacks by Boko Haram have left millions of people in Western and Central Africa without enough food to eat. | 11-Sep-2015 02:00

Refugees pour into Cameroon fearing Boko Haram
MINAWAO, CAMEROON 10 August 2015 (IRIN) - Boko Haram attacks in northeastern Nigeria and along the Cameroonian border have caused a surge of refugees in recent weeks, most of them trying to flee further into Cameroon. The only camp near the border, at Minawao, is overcrowded and some people have taken to living rough in the bush:
IRIN | 10-Aug-2015 02:00

Chad: Hissene Habre Lawyers Fight Back

Lawyers of former Chadian president Hissne Habr, on trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, are counter-attacking from outside the special court in Dakar which is trying him and which they are boycotting like their client. First in their line of attack is current Chadian president Idriss Deby, who ousted Habr, followed by Senegalese President Macky Sall, whom they accuse of protecting Deby. | 28-Jul-2015 17:30

Aguata Prisons threatened by over-congestion, as B'Haram detainees arrive

It does appear that all the protests and criticisms brought about by the relocation of about 47 Boko Haram detainees from the Northern part of Nigeria to the Aguata Prisons in Anambra State have fallen on deaf ears. During a recent visit by Vanguard Features, VF, to the prison, the presence of heavily armed soldiers and prisons officials around the premises clearly suggested that the Boko Haram prisoners were very much in residence there. | 22-Jul-2015 15:02

The Gravedigger and the President: Chadian torture victims face former president
N'DJAMENA/DAKAR 22 July 2015 (IRIN) - Almost a quarter of a century after thousands of Chadians were allegedly imprisoned, killed and tortured during the rule of former president Hissène Habré, there is finally a chance for belated justice. Clement Abaifouta was only 23 when he was jailed and made to bury dead prisoners on an almost daily basis. Now 55, he has waited a long time to ask Habré: why? Watch: The Gravedigger and the President:
IRIN | 22-Jul-2015 02:00

The Gravedigger's Testimony: Chadian torture victims face former president
N'DJAMENA/DAKAR 22 July 2015 (IRIN) - Almost a quarter of a century after thousands of Chadians were allegedly imprisoned, killed and tortured during the rule of former president Hissène Habré, there is finally a chance for belated justice. Clement Abaifouta was only 23 when he was jailed and made to bury dead prisoners on an almost daily basis. Now 55, he has waited a long time to ask Habré: why? Watch: The Gravedigger's Testimony: | 22-Jul-2015 02:00

Court suspends ex-Chad dictator trial to ready new lawyers

The trial of Chad's ex-dictator Hissene Habre was suspended on Tuesday until September to allow court-appointed lawyers to prepare his defense. The Extraordinary African Chambers, established by Senegal and the African Union, is trying the former leader of Chad for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture, in an unprecedented case of one African country prosecuting the former ruler of another. | 21-Jul-2015 17:23

Court suspends ex-Chad dictator trial to ready new lawyers

Security personnel surround former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre inside the court, in Dakar, Senegal, Monday, July 20, 2015, The trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre accused of overseeing the deaths of thousands had a chaotic beginning Monday as security forces ushered the ex-leader into and then out of the Senegal courtroom amid ... (more) | 21-Jul-2015 17:23

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kill 23 in north Cameroon

Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed more than 20 people including multiple children in their latest attack on northern Cameroon, easily overwhelming the few soldiers posted at the targeted village, residents said Monday. More than 80 assailants stormed the village of Kamouna, located near Lake Chad in the northern strip of Cameroon that lies between Nigeria and Chad, on Sunday night, said Pastor Edward Ngosu , a Nigerian missionary who has been based in the village for four years. | 21-Jul-2015 01:36

Chad ex-dictator taken in and out of court as trial begins

A driver whose pickup truck slammed into a limousine on Long Island, killing four young women, is being held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty at his hospital arraignment. A driver whose pickup truck slammed into a limousine on Long Island, killing four young women, is being held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty at his hospital arraignment. | 20-Jul-2015 15:09

Chad's torture victims seek justice in trial of Hissene Habre

Hissene Habre faces charges of torture and crimes against humanity. The first trial of an African leader outside by a special African court. | 20-Jul-2015 08:53

Chad: We Have Solid Evidence, Says Habre Prosecutor

On Monday, July 20, an exceptional trial is set to open in Dakar. It is the trial of former Chadian president Hissne Habr, charged with crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture. | 20-Jul-2015 00:24

Trial of Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre: A turning point for African justice

Note: We do not store your email address but your IP address will be logged to prevent abuse of this feature. Please read our Legal Terms & Policies On a long, dark night in 1988, in a stinking prison cell in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, a man lay desperately ill, close to death. | 18-Jul-2015 23:29

Three girls blow themselves up in deadly Nigeria attacks

Three girls staged suicide bombings in the Nigerian city of Damaturu on Friday, killing at least 13 people as residents prepared for the Eid festival at the end of Ramadan, police said. The attacks, in a northeastern area hard hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, came just days before Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari travels to Washington for talks with US counterpart Barack Obama. | 17-Jul-2015 19:06

Chad: Will Habre Break Silence At Trial?

Will he attend his own trial, due to start on Monday July 20 before the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar? Or will his lawyers be forced to represent him against his will? These three questions are on everyone's lips as they await the historic opening of his trial. The EAC were set up in 2013 within the Senegalese justice system under an agreement between Dakar and the African Union . | 16-Jul-2015 17:55

Cameroon bans burqa in Far North after attacks-governor

Cameroon has banned burqas in the Far North region after two women dressed in the religious garments blew themselves up last week in a suspected Boko Haram attack, a local governor said on Wednesday. "I took this measure because of the security situation prevailing in the region," said Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the Far North region. | 16-Jul-2015 00:01

Nigeria: Buhari Aims at North-South Balance for New Military Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has fired his top military chiefs as he scrambles to defeat Boko Haram militants, who are waging an intensified campaign of violence against civilians in Nigeria and neighboring states. The senior officers sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari had been appointed in January 2014 by his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan when he replaced other service chiefs over their failure to halt the Boko Haram insurgency. | 14-Jul-2015 19:52

Suspected Boko Haram fighters kill six on Lake Chad island

Suspected Boko Haram militants aboard a motorboat attacked an island in Lake Chad overnight, killing several children who were koranic students, security sources told Reuters on Tuesday. "There were about 15 of them and they came on motorboats. | 14-Jul-2015 15:41

Chad: Habre Finally Goes on Trial Next Week

"An interminable political and legal soap opera" is how South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu described 25 years of back and forth in the quest to bring former Chadian dictator Hissne Habr to trial for crimes against humanity. His trial, set to open on July 20, will be the first by an African Union- backed court. | 13-Jul-2015 16:08

Chad: Veil Ban Risks Increasing Radicalisation

Last month's twin suicide bombings in the Chadian capital of N'Djamena were met with rapid international condemnation from French, Nigerian, and American diplomatic envoys. In response to the attack, Chad redoubled its efforts against the insurgency, reportedly engaging in an air raid against the terrorist organization's camps within Nigerian territory, destroying six bases and killing several militants. | 13-Jul-2015 12:03

.com | Boko Haram claims Chad, Nigeria attacks

Boko Haram on Saturday claimed responsibility for attacks in Chad's capital N'Djamena and the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the SITE Intelligence Group said. The US-based monitoring group said the claim of responsibility, made on Twitter, was signed "Islamic State, West Africa Province", as Boko Haram has styled itself since pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group in March. | 12-Jul-2015 13:59

Suicide attack rocks market in Chad's capital; 14 killed

The $1,000 pill for a liver-wasting viral infection that made headlines last year is no longer the favorite of patients and doctors. Caught between kids and aging parents, the sandwich generation worries more than most Americans their age about how they'll afford their own care as they grow older, a new poll shows. | 11-Jul-2015 15:25

Female suicide bomber 'kills 10' in Chad capital

A female suicide bomber killed around 10 people at a market in the capital of Chad on Saturday, police said, in the latest attack to hit the country on the frontline in the fight against Boko Haram Islamists. The woman, wearing a full-face Islamic veil, blew herself up at the entrance to a market in N'Djamena around 8:45 am , a police official told AFP, adding about 10 people were killed and several injured. | 11-Jul-2015 12:16

Explosion rocks Chad market place

The blast this morning came less than a month after suicide bombers on motorcycles attacked two buildings in N'Djamena, killing nearly 40 people in the first assault of its kind since Islamic militants threatened the country earlier this year. Suspicion for the earlier attacks fell on Boko Haram, the Islamic militant group based in neighbouring Nigeria that has also attacked Chadian villages along the lake dividing the two countries. | 11-Jul-2015 12:16

Habre trial a triumph for justice

Former Chad president Hissene Habre leaves a court in Dakar escorted by a Senegalese policeman on November 25 2005. December 1990 saw the overthrow of Chadian dictator Hissene Habre by his chief of staff, the current president of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno. | 09-Jul-2015 14:13

Boko Haram militants kill 18 villagers in Chad

Nigerian Islamic sect Boko Haram militants killed 18 villagers in Monday's attack on Memorom, a Chadian village near Lake Chad, local media reported Wednesday. Local people who were quoted by the media said the attack took place while the villagers gathered for meal which broke the Ramadan fasting. | 09-Jul-2015 01:29

DOJ Seeks Civil Forfeiture of $34 Million in Bribe Payments Made to...

On June 30, the DOJ filed a Complaint to forfeit shares of Griffiths Energy International, a Canadian energy company accused of bribing various Republic of Chad diplomats to receive oil development rights in Chad. The diplomats include the former Chadian Ambassador to the United States and Canada, and Chad's Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States. | 08-Jul-2015 03:32

'Days of Our Lives' Spoilers: Theresa Stages Baby Scare -...

"Days of Our Lives" spoilers for the week of July 6-10 reveal that jealousy will abound in Salem. The green-eyed monster will strike when Abigail spots Zoe cozying up to Chad at the Independence Day picnic. | 05-Jul-2015 23:42

Boko Haram kills nearly 200 in 48 hours - Militants unleash female suicide bombers North East Nigeria

NDJAMENA: A picture shows the dead bodies of suspected Boko Haram militants after a Chadian police raid in N'Djamena. | 05-Jul-2015 03:54

Celebrating the country where liberty lives

A long parade of tractors, fire trucks and antique cars traversed U.S. 1 from Wise to Paschall Station Road on Saturday morning. Korean War veteran Macon Myrick held the place of honor as grand marshal of the annual Wise Independence Day parade, as the community celebrated "the country where liberty lives," to use the words of Benjamin Franklin. | 04-Jul-2015 23:45

Clouds bring perfect parade weather

Independence Day started with rainbows at sunrise, then more clouds, but that made for an unseasonably comfortable morning for Hudson's Kiddie Kar Parade, the first that Chad and Amy White of Lenoir attended. Though they live in Lenoir, they attend church in Hudson, and a lot of people there had talked about the parade so they decided to bring their children, Cayden, 7, Callie, 4, and Corbin, 2," Amy White said. | 04-Jul-2015 18:30

African Development Bank Group approved debt relief for Chad

The Boards of the African Development Bank Group approved debt relief for the Republic of Chad under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Country initiative in the amount of US $37 million . This follows a joint assessment of the country in April 2015 by the IMF and World Bank as having attained the HIPC 'Completion Point'. | 04-Jul-2015 06:09

Authorities seize Boko Haram weapons cache in Chad

N'Djamena - Chadian security forces, announced that they have seized a large weapons cache including guns, rockets and ammunition in a house in N'Djamena occupied by suspected members of the Boko Haram. The officials said the weapons, buried under the courtyard of the house in the eastern neighbourhood of Guinebor, were destined for northern Nigeria. | 03-Jul-2015 19:55

Chad security forces arrest Boko Haram leader who coordinated weapons trafficking, 74 others

N'DJAMENA, Chad - Chad's chief prosecutor says that security forces have arrested one of the leaders of the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram. Prosecutor Alhassim Khamis said in a statement Monday that Bahna Fanaye, whose alias is Mahamat Moustapha, was apprehended Sunday, along with two others. | 02-Jul-2015 04:27

Chad forces arrest Boko Haram leader, hold 74 others

A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh attack in the state's coastal waters in less than three weeks. A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state's coastal waters. | 02-Jul-2015 00:17

Nigeria: Women, Girls Trained as Suicide Bombers in 'Rehabilitation'

The office of the National Security Adviser yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari, that no fewer than 22 women and girls, recruited as suicide bombers by the Boko Haram sect and another 47 former sect members were now undergoing rehabilitation after voluntarily embracing a de-radicalization programme of the office under the Countering Violent Extremism programme. According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, one of the objectives of the CVE is to reform terrorists and prevent others from joining terrorist organisations and violent sects. | 01-Jul-2015 09:54

U.S. seeks $34 mln for Griffiths Energy bribe scheme of Chad diplomat

The United States is seeking to recover $34 million, the cash value of shares Griffiths Energy used to bribe Republic of Chad's former ambassador to the United States and Canada, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The Canadian energy company pleaded guilty to bribing Chad diplomat Mahamoud Adam Bechir, 50, in court in Canada in 2013, the department said. | 30-Jun-2015 22:02

Chad arrests local Boko Haram leader in N'Djamena

One of the key Boko Haram leaders, Baana Fanay alias Mahamat Moustapha, who has been coordinating trafficking of weapons between Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad was arrested on Sunday in N'Djamena, the Chadian capital, the country's Public Prosecutor Alghassim Khamis said Monday. "The security forces arrested him after a fierce resistance," Khamis said, adding that "Baana Fanay who was arrested with two other terrorists, was responsible for the purchase of weapons and recruitment of fighters for Nigeria's islamist sect Boko Haram." | 30-Jun-2015 17:46

Terrorist Attack Appears Probable

If preventing a terrorist attack in the United States is a matter of connecting the dots, Americans have plenty to fear with the Independence Day holiday just days away. Deadly "dots" have appeared in at least six other countries during the past few days. | 30-Jun-2015 08:22

Suicide bombings hit Chad's capital, kill 11, witnesses say

The latest on the capture of one convicted murderer from a maximum-security prison and the killing of the other. : By BOB SEAVEY and COURTNEY BONNELL Associated Press A wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, destroying residences and forcing... A wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds roared into a central Washington neighborhood, destroying properties and forcing residents of several hundred homes to flee, authorities said Monday. | 29-Jun-2015 18:56

Hospitals keep 419 Taiwan fire victims

More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals Sunday after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a Taiwan water park, authorities said. The fire late Saturday was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about 1,000 people, the local fire agency and media said. | 29-Jun-2015 12:35

Police arrest 60 for bombing in Chad capital

Officials in Chad have arrested 60 people including suspects from Cameroon, Nigeria and Mali in relation to an attack earlier this month in the capital that killed dozens of people and wounded more than 100 others. Chad prosecutor Alghassim Khamis said Sunday that new details have been uncovered concerning the June 15 attack that saw one suicide bomber blow himself up on foot outside a police station and two others near a police academy. | 28-Jun-2015 21:06

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