Lake Chad

Cameroon’s ‘place of terror’ now a ‘land of hope’

A dusty, dry and conflict-affected area in the Far North region of Cameroon has been turned into a “land of hope” according to a mentor for people displaced by the activities of terrorists in the West African country.

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Podcast: Terrorism survivors of Lake Chad recount harrowing stories

For this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast, Daniel Dickinson travelled to the north-east of Cameroon to meet two survivors of terrorism who are trying to rebuild their lives following the unspeakable acts committed against them and their families.

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Terrorism survivors: ‘I lived in fear that I would be killed’

To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism this coming Wednesday, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa to interview people who have personal stories to tell about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

Young Chadians join terrorist groups due to 'ignorance’

Youssouf Mbodou Mbami is the chief of the Canton of Bol and presides over a large swathe of Lake Chad, an area where many young people have been recruited or forced to join terrorist groups, such as Boko Haram.

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CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Lake Chad trees keep deadly drought at bay

Tens of thousands of drought-resistant trees are being planted with the support of the UN in the Lake Chad region to restore vegetation cover around the lake, help farmers adapt to climate change, and support women's economic initiatives.

Poverty ‘obvious’ driver of radicalization in Lake Chad region: AU envoy

It is not impossible to address the challenges of the Lake Chad region if local people can find ways to make a sustainable living, said Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, adding that the linkage between poverty and radicalization was “obvious”. Daniel Dickinson asked her how big the development challenges were in the area.

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Lake Chad Basin: Areas reclaimed from Boko Haram must be stabilized, Security Council told

It is critical to shore up areas of Africa’s Lake Chad Basin freed from the grip of Boko Haram, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told the Security Council on Thursday, as she also called for efforts to rebuild the lives of women and girls that have suffered at the hands of the terrorist group.

News in Brief 28 September 2017 (PM)

Many “just a step away from starvation” around Lake Chad: UN relief chief

Many citizens of the countries that surround Africa’s Lake Chad are “just a step away from starvation” and in need of sustained international support.

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UN officials urge sustained support for humanitarian efforts in Lake Chad Basin

United Nations officials today underscored the need for sustained international support for the humanitarian response in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, where millions are in need of emergency assistance.

New UN relief chief relays voices of displaced to world leaders

Displaced people in Africa’s volatile Lake Chad region have an urgent request to the international community: we need your protection.

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