Economic woes top Chadian fears on junta’s first anniversary

Economic woes top Chadian fears on junta’s first anniversary

Economic woes top Chadian fears on junta’s first anniversary

Economic woes top Chadian fears on junta’s first anniversary


A yr ago, the West African kingdom of Chad became greatly surprised whilst its 30-year leader, Idriss Deby Itno died from wounds after main an operation against rebels.

But for many Chadians, the big fear these days seems much less than USA political destiny underneath Deby’s 38-12 months-vintage son, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, than how they can meet daily desires.

Alain, 18, spends his day within the fierce solar, promoting sachets of water close to the Ardebdjoumal marketplace inside the Chadian capital N’Djamena.

At the quit of the day, he makes barely 2,000 CFA francs — $three.25, or around three euros.

“This year is particularly difficult — I can’t sell my goods,” he admitted, asking not to be fully named.


“Deby senior ran things better than his son,” Alain said, lowering his voice to a whisper.

The younger Deby was proclaimed head of a military junta and transitional president on April 20, 2021, the same day that the 68-year-old president’s dramatic death was announced.

Chad is the world’s third poorest country, according to the benchmark of the UN’s Human Development Index. The United Nations says 5.5 million Chadians need “emergency humanitarian aid”.

The World Bank says 42 percent of the 16 million population live in poverty.

And now they are facing record prices for staples such as oil and bread, with the war in Ukraine adding to the pain.

The roads need repair, power keeps failing and crude oil production, a mainstay of the country’s economy, is falling.


The International Crisis Group think tank reported last year that Chad spends 30-40 percent of its national budget on defense, a figure that the authorities denied.

The UN’s cultural body UNESCO says education accounted for 2.37 percent of Chad’s GDP in 2019.


– Soaring prices –


Moussa Nouerma, a 29-year-old cigarette seller from southern Chad, worked his way through the market with a tray of wares on his head, sweat beading on his face.


“I don’t make any money, but I have to do it to survive,” he shrugged.

Norman said his big concern was frequent power cuts and the rising cost of food.

“A year ago, a plate (of plain rice) cost 250 francs — today it’s 300 francs,” he said.

“We are feeling the cost of living more under Deby junior.”

On the dusty, windswept streets of the capital, little appears to have changed over the yr.

Campaign posters for the past due president, who died 9 days after the elections, are nonetheless caught on the partitions. Children beg for cash at visitors’ lights.


Along the aisles of N’Djamena’s primary marketplace in the Ambassatna location, beggars line up retaining out their bowls.

Lea, 30, halted at a stall to buy greens but became shocked by the prices.

“We can’t even fill our baskets this year — prices at the market have tripled,” she said. “The state should intervene to regulate.”

A man on a moped who gave his first name as Patrick agreed.

“Prices have soared during Ramadan — everything is expensive,” he said.

Demonstrations have been organized over recent months in the capital to protest against the increasing cost of living.


“Social issues are a problem for the authorities,” said political science researcher Kelma Manatouma. “They can cause trouble.”

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