Media Note – Under Secretary Sewall Visits Chad with Focus on Civilian Security

Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall visited Chad October 28 – November 1, 2016. The visit focused on humanitarian needs for Chad’s large refugee population, stabilization challenges resulting from the campaign against Boko Haram, and strategies for addressing violent extremism more broadly.

In N’Djamena, the Under Secretary met with U.N. officials and urban refugees to learn about the humanitarian situation and to explore opportunities for additional support beyond the $106 million in humanitarian assistance the U.S. provided Chad in 2016.

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(l/r)Armanda Cranmer (Pol/Econ Chief), Geeta Pasi (U.S. Embassador) and Under Secretary Sarah Sewall discussing civilian security issues (photo U.S. Embassy).

In meetings with President Deby and other government officials, the Under Secretary praised the country’s leadership in hosting over 300,000 refugees and for participating in the Multinational Joint Task Force against Boko Haram. She also underscored how civilian security and respect for human rights are vital to reinforcing military gains against the terrorist group. She applauded efforts of local governments in the Lac region to de-radicalize and reintegrate Boko Haram defectors, who will continue to fight as long as they have no credible path from the battlefield.

Under Secretary Sarah Sewall (left) follow by Geeta Pasi (U.S. Ambassador) talking to journalists after meeting with President Idriss Deby (photo U.S. Embassy).
Under Secretary Sarah Sewall (left) follow by Geeta Pasi (U.S. Ambassador) talking to journalists after meeting with President Idriss Deby (photo U.S. Embassy).

The Under Secretary met with staff at Radio al-Quoran and imams from the High Islamic Council, which use positive messages to strengthen the resilience of communities across Chad to counter the lure violent extremism.

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