Chadian Returnees Exposed to Tolerance Messaging at Gaoui Camp

A soccer match brought together teams from the camp of Chadian returnees and those from neighboring districts of N’Djamena. (Photo: Rodney Stubina, USAID PDev II).
A soccer match brought together teams from the camp of Chadian returnees and those from neighboring districts of N’Djamena.

The USAID regional Peace through Development (PDev II) project conducted a Peace and Tolerance Awareness Campaign April 25-26 at the Gaoui Transit Center on the outskirts of N’Djamena where 5,000 Chadian returnees are being temporarily resettled after having fled violence in Central African Republic.  Initiated by the administrative authorities from three N’Djamena districts near the camp, the two-day awareness campaign which was funded by PDev II benefited from the input of a Chadian interfaith committee comprising leaders from the Islamic, Catholic and Protestant faiths.  Leaders from these three groups spoke at the opening ceremony, stressing that all religions promote peace and tolerance.  Opening speeches were followed by sessions of participatory theater, public debates with youth and religious leaders, a screening of a film on tolerance and soccer matches involving teams from the returnee population and from surrounding neighborhoods.