First American Town Hall of 2014

Ambassador Knight welcomes Chadian-American families to his residence for the May Town Hall.
Ambassador Knight welcomes Chadian-American families to his residence for the May Town Hall.

Embassy N’Djamena successfully hosted it first American Town Hall of 2014 on May 29, with a rousing turnout of more than 100 American citizens and visitors.  Ambassador Knight greeted the guests and answered their many questions, and Embassy officers explained their roles in the Mission.

In between refreshments and an opportunity for the American community to meet and talk with Embassy staff, officers from the Embassy shared their roles in the Embassy mission, and of how their duties relate to serving the needs of the American community in Chad.  The Consular Officer spoke to the audience about critical services that the Embassy provides to U.S. Citizens abroad, such as passport replacement, visa services for non-American friends and family, and the very important Consular Report of Births Abroad.  He also provided detailed guidance on the 2014 election season in the United States, offering handouts to be taken home and taking questions about how to vote from overseas.

Ambassador Knight and some of the many American children who attended the Town Hall with their parents.
Ambassador Knight and some of the many American children who attended the Town Hall with their parents.

The Embassy’s Management Officer gave an overview of the New Embassy Compound scheduled to be completed in 2016, with a booklet containing computer-generated scenes depicting the new Embassy.  She and the Ambassador reminded the U.S. citizens assembled that this was their new embassy, and encouraged all to come visit when it was finished.  The Political Officer gave a detailed account of the Embassy’s relationship with the government and the people of Chad, and was followed by the Regional Security Officer’s assessment of our security posture in Chad, and offered advice on sound safety and security that all of us, Embassy personnel and guests, should follow.