When President Obama addresses the African Union tomorrow, he will have plenty to say about development, good governance, justice and international cooperation and the promise of African unity upon which the AU was founded. And on these latter points, the...
A UNICEF Dispatch from Chad
If children do not receive proper nutrion in the first few years of life they can suffer from cognitive and physical impairments that can last their entire lives.
Drought and political instability are causing a massive humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region. One of the harder hit places is Chad, where Unicef warns that one in 5 children are suffering from acute malnutrition. In all, Unicef says that 170,000 children in Chad will have suffered fron acute malnutrian this year.
Ground zero of the Sahel food crisis is Chad, where malnutrian rates are reaching alarming levels. Things are about to get worse, too. The rainy season begins in June, and routes used to deliver food will become impassible. Watch this important video from the World Food Program.
I like these UNICEF videos. Here's the story of bringing solar powered water pumps to the outskirts of N'Djamena, Chad.
The president of Chad, Idriss Déby, was just re-elected to a fourth term with nearly 90% of the vote. Here we have yet another strongman in the region who is playing the system to extend his rule and disqualify any potential opponents, and he's doing so with quasi-impunity.