About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 12.4 million people live in Chad
117/1,000 children die at birth
The average life expectancy is around 50 years old.
(Source: The World Bank)
Chad, considered one of the world’s poorest countries, has long been stifled by land-lock, high energy costs and a history of instability. Available data is scarce in Chad, but the most recent figures show that well over half the population lives in poverty.
The World Bank reports: “Available data show that Chad is very poor relative to the needs of its residents and relative to its neighbors in sub-Saharan Africa. GNP per-capita, for instance, was US $180 in 1995 compared with US $490 for sub-Saharan Africa … 29% of the population had access to safe water compared with 47% for sub-Saharan Africa and the illiteracy rate in 1993 was 90%, compared with 50% for sub-Saharan Africa.”
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