A drives the Mobile O, IMC's horse-propelled ambulance, in Gaga Camp in eastern Chad on May 10, 2008. In fiscal year 2010, two principal factors drove PRMâs development of a humanitarian strategy for Chad and the region. The first was security. Despite the presence of UN peacekeepers in Chad, both civilians and humanitarian workers have been subjected to an increasing level of banditry: robbery, carjackings, and at times even kidnapping and murder. Now the Chadian government has asked the UN mission to leave the country, an event that would further expose humanitarians and refugees to danger. The second factor was eastern Chadâs qualification as a protracted refugee situation, meaning it has been in existence for over five years. Even with some hopeful political steps towards peace in Darfur in early 2010, the refugees will likely remain in Chad for several more years. With lifesaving services well-established in the camps, therefore, PRM has shifted its focus to programs that provide a longer-term benefit, such as education and vocational training. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
April 26, 2014
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