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Francesco Merlini / Prospekt Agency

francesco-merlini02_prospektLe Tchad Dense
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Chad is one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world. Since 1996 power has been in the hands of President Déby and Chad remains plagued by political violence. The president has prohibited pictures to be taken throughout the country, exploiting the excuse of national security. While the constitution defends liberty of expression, the government has regularly restricted this right. Soldiers are everywhere. Chad’s greatest ally is France; Déby relies on the French to help repel the rebels, and France gives support for fear of a complete collapse of regional stability.