Visiting U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs David Gilmour and U.S. Ambassador James Knight participated in a ceremony transferring $1 million of equipment funded by a U.S. government donation. The transfer of equipment was conducted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at its N’Djamena headquarters. UNHCR Representative Aminata Gueye handed the equipment to State Secretary for the Interior and Public Security Jeremie Beade Dionra, who represented the Minister of Interior and Public Security, Mahamat Yaya Oki Dagache.
The much-needed equipment was provided through a donation by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration to UNHCR for humanitarian security; UNHCR in turn purchased 12 pickup trucks, spare parts, generators, and other items for DPHR.
The U.S. government is a strong supporter of Chadian security forces in their efforts to provide security protection and assistance to humanitarian workers, refugees, and local residents in the areas of humanitarian need in southern and eastern Chad. In the past several years, the USG has donated more than $10 million in funding, equipment, and training to assist first the Détachement Intégré de Sécurité (DIS), and since July 2013, its successor, the Détachement pour la Protection des Humanitaires et des Réfugiés (DPHR). DPHR provides escorts and security at more than 20 sites in Chad, including remote refugee camps. U.S. Embassy personnel go to the refugee camps and testify first-hand to the hard work of DPHR, often under difficult circumstances. We are pleased to be able to support efforts to ensure that refugees, the local population, and humanitarian workers are safer.