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Chad: Internally Displaced Persons

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of Chadians who are (a) resident in internally displaced people’s camps and (b) refugees; and what steps his Department is taking to provide assistance to such people. (189619)

There are currently approximately 180,000 internally displaced people in Chad, the vast majority of them distributed across sites in the east of the country. In 2007-08, the UK Government have committed £6.5 million in Chad through humanitarian agencies to collectively address the needs of the internally displaced, the refugees and the host population. This support has been used for the provision of water and sanitation facilities, food, medical assistance, shelter and other relief items to these groups.

The recent attack by rebels on N’Djamena (the capital of Chad) resulted in the flight of refugees into neighbouring Cameroon; approximately 10,000 still remain there. The United Nations recently made an allocation of approximately £2.4 million for these refugees from its Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), to which the UK is the largest donor (20 per cent.).

Approximately 25,000 Chadian refugees also reside in Sudan. These receive indirect support from the UK through the UN’s Common Humanitarian Fund in Sudan, to which the UK is contributing £35 million in this financial year.