On 10th July, a delegation of 15 senior MINURCAT and UN country team officials, headed by the Deputy Secial Representative of the UN secretary-General (DSRSG) Ms. Rima Salah, travelled to Iridimi village in Iriba to inaugurate a well funded by MINURCAT.
On 30 June, the Intercommunity Dialogue was officially launched in the Assoungha department (30km east of Hadjer-Hadid) in the presence of administrative and traditional authorities. Both community representatives, Massalit and Zaghawa, indicated their desire and commitment to put an end to their past disputes. The representative of the Zaghawa pledged to put an end to acts of insecurity such as land occupation, and field devastation by unguarded cattle. A reconciliation committee to address those specific issues and complaints was established under the auspices of the traditional authorities. This paves the way for the voluntary return of the Massalit communities. MINURCAT will implement quick impact projects to help improve conditions in the area of return.
The United Nations Mission in Chad and Central African Republic (MINURCAT) successfully conducted a live Medical and Casualty Evacuation (MEDEVAC/CASEVAC) exercise in eastern Chad on 26 and 27 May 2009.
Abeche -- MINURCAT celebrated this year's International Day of Peacekeepers in Abeche, where the mission has established its Force Headquarters. The event was attended at the highest level by the United Nations Special Representative in Chad and Central African Republic, Mr. Victor Angelo and his Deputy, Ms. Rima Salah, the Force Commander, Major General Elhadji Mouhamadou Kandji, and the Police Commissioner, Major General Gerardo Chaumont. Several other UN staff -- civilian, UNPOL, and military alike -- were also present. Many of them flew in from other regions early this afternoon in order to take part in the celebration.
Abéché -- MINURCAT Force organized on Saturday, 23 May, its first medal parade since taking over from EUFOR on 15 March 2009. A total of 17 soldiers from 11 nationalities received their medal on this day.
A MINURCAT mission, including officers from Human Rights, Humanitarian, Mine Action, Gender, and Public Information, undertook on Thursday, 21 May, 2009, a mission to Am Dam to assess the humanitarian situation following recent clashes between Chadian rebels and Government forces in the area. The NGO Mine Tech also participated in the trip. The mission was escorted by the Force and MINURCAT security.
Farchana, 15 May 2009--A ceremony for the Transfer of Authority between French troops and Ghanaian troops took place in Farchana on Friday, 15 May 2009. A total of 200 Ghanaians freshly arrived in Chad as part of the UN Force in Chad and Central African Republic took over from a unit of 200 French soldiers.
N'Djamena, 11 May 2009 - The United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) has temporarily deployed 120 peacekeepers in the town of Koukou Angarana. The MINURCAT blue helmets will ensure the security of humanitarian personnel, refugees and displaced persons of the region.
New York, 6 May 2009--The Secretary-General is following developments in eastern Chad with increasing concern. The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to respect the humanitarian character of the operations of the United Nations and NGOs in eastern Chad, and to refrain from deploying forces in areas where humanitarian operations are under the protection of MINURCAT (United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad) forces.
N’Djamena, 5 May 2009 -- Refugee, displaced, and local women are now able to access radio broadcasts through an initiative led by MINURCAT’s Civil and Political Affairs Section. With the help of NGO partner Internews, the Quick-Impact Project (QIP) is distributing 432 solar-powered radios to women’s committees throughout 12 refugee camps, 9 IDP sites, and selected local areas.