Ambassador James Knight visited a Chadian returnee transit site in N’Djamena today to see first-hand the plight of those fleeing the violence in Central African Republic (CAR). Since December 21, 2013, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has registered almost 40,000 Chadian returnees. Ambassador Knight was given a briefing by Chadian government officials and IOM representatives about this urgent situation.
The United States commends the efforts of the Government of Chad, humanitarian agencies, and private citizens in meeting the urgent needs of those returning to Chad. We urge others to contribute to this emergency response, and commend those who have done so already for their compassion.
Every year, the United States Government provides nearly $100 million to Chad in humanitarian assistance for people affected by natural disasters and conflict, including Central African and Sudanese refugees as well as Chadian returnees. In light of the current crisis in CAR and violence that has forced many to flee, the United States recently announced an additional $11.5 million in regional funding to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and IOM, of which a significant portion will benefit Chadian returnees and new Central African refugees in Chad. Additionally, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Food for Peace (FFP) office announced $15 million in additional assistance to meet food needs throughout Chad.