After a two-day visit to Chad, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, concluded her trip on July 19th. During her stay, she held discussions with the transitional president, Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, and visited the Eastern border, which has become the epicenter of a severe humanitarian crisis, witnessing an influx of 260,000 Sudanese refugees in just three months. Both Amina Mohammed and Transitional Prime Minister Saleh Kebzabo called for increased support to Chad in light of the crisis.
The joint press conference between UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Transitional Prime Minister Saleh Kebzabo addressed the crisis resulting from the massive influx of Sudanese refugees in the Eastern part of Chad on July 19, 2023.
Chad urgently requires assistance to tackle this unprecedented crisis, as emphasized during the dialogue with the United Nations. The local populations are struggling with overwhelmed social services and the occupation of their fields by the new refugee camps. “Chad is a poor country,” reminded Transitional Prime Minister Saleh Kebzabo. “As the population grows, the available agricultural land decreases. The current situation is a major challenge that forces us to prioritize the survival and well-being of our people over agriculture,” he emphasized.
Assuring the nation of Chad, Amina Mohammed pledged to carry their message to New York, emphasizing the need to listen to farmers and herders. She expressed concern for the overwhelmed schools and hospitals, urging support for the Chadian population struggling with the immense pressure from the crisis. The UN Deputy Secretary-General asserted that the international community cannot turn a blind eye to this crisis, emphasizing the significance of concerted efforts in addressing the humanitarian challenges faced by Chad.