U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) Anne C. Richard is visiting Chad from April 1 – 7. In N’Djamena, she is meeting with Chadian government officials and representatives of both international and non-governmental organizations, as well as participating in an inter-ministerial committee meeting on refugees and returnees. The purpose of her visit is to gain a first-hand understanding of refugee and returnee conditions in Chad, confer with counterpart organizations on assistance programs, and provide an update on the views of the U.S. Government on refugee and returnee-related matters.
Assistant Secretary Richard will also travel to southern Chad with representatives from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to visit refugees from Central African Republic living in camps, as well as Chadians who had been living in Central African Republic but have had to flee the violence there and come to Chad, where many do not have homes to which to return.
In Fiscal Year 2013, the Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration provided over $43 million for humanitarian activities in Chad. PRM funds UNHCR, other UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), as well as some non-governmental organizations directly.
Chad currently is host to over 500,000 refugees, vulnerable migrants, and other populations of concern from the crises in Central African Republic and Sudan.