About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 10,758,900 people live in Chad
95/1,000 children die at birth
The average life expectancy is around 48 years old.
(Source: U.S. government)
Chad, considered one of the world’s poorest countries, has long been stifled by land-lock, high energy costs and a history of instability. According to the U.S. government, Chad relies heavily on foreign assistance for most investment projects. Eighty percent of Chad’s population lives below the poverty line.
The use of children as soldiers has also hindered progress in Chad—the country has come under fire by humanitarian organizations and the United Nations for its violations against children. Recently, however, the government of Chad committed itself to ending this practice.
How Islamic Relief is Helping
Islamic ReliefTM began working in Chad in 2006, and opened Islamic Relief Chad in May 2007 in response to the Darfur humanitarian crisis, during which thousands escaped violence in Darfur, Sudan, and sought refuge in Chad. The influx of refugees made the already—desperate living conditions in Chad direr. Islamic Relief provided urgent assistance, and implemented an emergency project to help alleviate the suffering of both the refugees and internally displaced persons in Chad.
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Chad:
RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION