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Chad: Armed Conflict

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of (a) the humanitarian effects of the civil war in Chad since December 2005 and (b) the availability of humanitarian aid; when this assessment was last reviewed; and if he will make a statement. (197121)

The Department for International Development (DFID) remains very concerned about the humanitarian effects of the ongoing conflict in Chad. Since the end of 2005, the tensions between Sudan and Chad have increased levels of insecurity. The UN estimates that there are up to 180,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of the conflict, and there are a further 700,000 people thought to have been adversely affected in host communities.

DFID continues to monitor developments closely, and is continuously reviewing the level of humanitarian aid available through contact with the Red Cross and with UN and NGO agencies, and through discussions with other donors.

In overall terms, the 2007 humanitarian effort in Chad was well supported. The 2007 UN appeal for Chad (for $274 million) was 99.5 per cent. funded, making it the best supported UN appeal of 2007. The 2007 ICRC appeal was more than 100 per cent. funded. The 2008 UN appeal (for $290 million) is currently 16.1 per cent. funded, which represents good coverage this early in the year.