In Chad, security forces shot and killed dozens of anti-government protesters Thursday in the country’s two largest cities. Some 50 people were killed and hundreds injured. Protesters were demanding an end to transitional military rule and a return to democracy. Chad has been mired in a protracted political crisis following the death of former President Idriss Déby, who was killed on the battlefield in April of last year. This all comes as Chad declared a state of emergency over catastrophic flooding that has demolished crops and livestock, worsening food insecurity in the region.
Fatimé Tchari: “We subsist on selling milk to the surrounding population. But now there is not even enough to eat. Last year we saw our cows starve to death before our eyes. This year we are facing another disaster.”
The U.N. says 5.5 million people in Chad are in need of emergency humanitarian aid.