Chad launched on 17 October 2009 a campaign entitled “Unite to End Violence against Women” . Several personalities witnessed the ceremony, including members of government, the diplomatic corps, as well as representatives of UN agencies, the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), and NGOs.
Abeche, 16 October 2009 – Ambassadors representing the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (P5) in Chad arrived in the eastern part of the country for a two-day visit to Iriba, Farchana, Koukou Angarana, and Abeche. The visit provides an opportunity for the diplomats to get a first hand experience of the various humanitarian and logistical challenges in a region characterized by years of instability due to on-going military conflicts, interethnic clashes and the influx of refugees from neighboring Darfur.
The Détachement intégré de Sécurité (DIS) is striving to become a force to be reckoned with. Within the framework of its mandate to protect refugees and IDPs in eastern Chad, the DIS has decided to increase the number of women in its ranks in order to become a modern, credible, and most of all efficient force on the ground.
Abeche, 28 September 2009 ---The Public Information Office of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) handed over some radio equipment to the American NGO INTERNEWS. The ceremony took place in Abeche in the premises of Radio Voix du Ouaddai on 28 September 2009. INTERNEWS is one of the sponsors of the radio.
“You are doing a fantastic job with the limited means that you have, and I want you to know that we are all proud of you.” These are words from General Oky Mahamat Yaya Dagache, the Special Representative of the President of the Republic and Head of CONAFIT, when he met with elements of the Détachement intégré de Sécurité (DIS) in Iriba and Guereda on 3 September 2009. General Dagache and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Victor Angelo, were on a joint mission for consultations in the region.
N'Djamena, August 27, 2009 -- An officer of the Détachement Intégré de Sécurité (DIS) was decorated in N'Djamena on August 27, 2009. The "Guard of Peace," Mahamat Zene Adoum, fell into an ambush, while he and four of his colleagues were escorting an ambulance belonging to the NGO, International Medical Corps, with a refugee from Milé Camp en route to the hospital of Guereda. Mahamat Zene Adoum was seriously wounded in his right leg, which he would later have amputated.
A mission to assess the humanitarian situation of refugees from the Central African Republic was undertaken in the Salamat Region, southern Chad, on 31 August 2009. The mission, which was a joint effort between Chadian authorities, Humanitarians, and MINURCAT, was led by the Special Representative of the President of the Republic and Head of CONAFIT, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General.
The name Sydney Lawrence is well-known to all MINURCAT staff, and this, for a simple reason. Indeed, he has been in Chad as Chief CITS since the first months following the establishment of the Mission in September 2007. He left MINURCAT at the end of August 2009 to take, according to his own words, a well-deserved retirement, after nearly 24 years of service within the United Nations System.
Abeche, 15 August 2009 ---The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Mr. Victor Angelo, presided over two medal parades that took place on 14 and 15 August 2009 to recognize blue helmets from Togo, Poland and Croatia and their service for peace. Ceremonies took place in Abeche for the Togolese contingent and in Iriba for the Polish and Croatian peacekeepers.
Abéché, 3 August -- In a bid to strengthen relations between MINURCAT and local and traditional authorities in Eastern Chad, DSRSG Rima Salah gave a presentation on 3 August of the vision, mission and work of MINURCAT to more than 80 local leaders comprised of city mayors, canton Leaders and women community leaders gathered at City Hall during an event hosted by the Mayor of Abéché, Mr. Mahamat Saleh. The DSRSG made a presentation on the implementation of the Mandate by Substantive Sections, emphasizing the importance of local authorities’ support for full implementation.