Chad: PRODECO project teams in the field
Why Chad ?
Chad is one of the countries most affected by mines and explosive remnants of war in sub-Saharan Africa.
This contamination dates mainly from the conflict with Libya between 1978 and 1987 and from several civil wars which have affected the country over the years.
More than 3,100 people have been injured or killed in accidental explosions to date.
Nomadic communities and camel herders are particularly threatened, risking their lives when they have to cross infested areas.
“Thanks to IT equipment, software training and technical expertise provided by FSD in information management procedures, the Chadian mine action authority has been able to consolidate years of survey reports and improve efficiency and tasking across all de-mining operations in Chad.”
Since 2017, FSD has provided support to the Chadian government for the coordination of mine action.
FSD experts assist the Chadian authorities in developing an effective demining strategy, as well as in putting in place the administrative, technical and information management measures necessary to make this strategy a reality.
FSD in Chad
Due to the considerable contamination affecting Chad, the European Union funds a four-year aid project in order to support development of the whole mine action sector. A consortium project was set up in 2017, involving four organizations: the local NGO SECADEV, which deals with victim assistance; Mine Action Group (MAG) and Humanity & Inclusion (HI), both responsible for mine clearance and risk education; and FSD, whose mission is to strengthen the capacities of the Chadian government in coordination and management of mine action.
The sector is indeed facing many challenges.
FSD’s team in N’Djamena works closely with the staff of the national mine action authority. FSD’s expertise is used to strengthen the following areas: planning and prioritisation of clearance operations by HI and MAG, support to information management and database control, fulfilling Ottawa Treaty obligations and mentoring and training of the National authority in good practice for human resources, admin and finance, and operations management.
centimetre by centimetre
In 2020, our deminers cleared 3.2 km² , an area equivalent to the City of London. This work requires constant concentration despite the sometimes extreme working conditions.
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