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Chad’s president, Idriss Deby, at the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit, Hangzhou, China, Sept. 4, 2016 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).

Donors Keep Quiet As Chad’s Economic Woes Give Way to Social Unrest

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

On Monday, a spokesman for a civil society group in Chad called Iyina became the latest government critic to be detained by security forces. According to police, Alain Kembah Didah was caught with a bottle of gasoline in his hand, preparing to burn a tire as part of an anti-government protest. Didah has disputed this account, but that didn’t stop Chadian authorities from taking him into custody and, according to Amnesty International, beating him to the point where he could barely stand.

In Chadian Arabic, the name Iyina means “We’re fed up.” Its members aren’t the only ones who’ve been expressing that sentiment in recent years. During the nearly three decades President Idriss Deby has been in power, hopes for a free and open political and civic environment have never come close to materializing, while the country remains one of the poorest and least developed in the world. ...

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