Two men wearing HI vests fly a drone during a demining mission in a desert in Chad


Humanity & Inclusion in Chad

Our teams worked in Chad on several occasions between 1982 and 2000, with its primary focus on physical rehabilitation activities. Since October 2014, we have focused on reducing the threat of explosive remnants of war and provide essential assistance to the victims of these weapons.

The presence of these weapons is a major obstacle to the country’s development. Thousands of people are living under the constant threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war, the legacy of four decades of successive wars in Chad.

President Idriss Déby died April 20, 2021, the day after his fifth re-election. While Chad has experienced a deep economic recession since the 2016 presidential election and the 2014 drop in oil prices, the death of the former president plunges the country into a period of uncertainty. Chad has a population of over 16 million people, half of whom live below the poverty line, according to the World Bank. 

Chad has been affected by various humanitarian crises since 2003. These crises are related to major population movements in border areas, including refugees from Sudan in the east, refugees and returnees from the Central African Republic in the south, and more recently Nigerian refugees and internally displaced people in the Lac Province in the west of the country. In 2020, the government conducted Operation Bohoma Anger in an attempt to eradicate destabilizing armed groups in the Lac region. Attacks, kidnappings, murders, robberies, and fires have continued regardless and the security situation is increasingly unstable. 

Areas of Intervention

  • Protection and risk reduction
  • Armed violence reduction
  • Inclusion
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health and prevention

Humanity & Inclusion's 112-member staff implements emergency response and development projects, and builds on its core activities, including mine action, assistance to people with disabilities, inclusion, physical rehabilitation, and inclusive education. Teams seek innovative and sustainable solutions to better respond to actual needs and to support the socio-economic development of communities in need. For example, in the north of the country, Humanity & Inclusion has launched a large-scale Demining and Economic Development Project (PRODECO) in consortium with Mine Advisory Group, SECADEV and the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action.

In the Lake region, Humanity & Inclusion contributes to the protection and schooling of children and conducts risk education for hosts and displaced persons affected by crisis. Staff also accompanies children with disabilities through psychosocial support.  

The ODYSSEE 2025 project has also enabled Humanity & Inclusion to build on its innovative approach to mine action through the use of drones, electronic tablets and new technologies in order to improve the responsiveness and relevance of its armed violence reduction actions.

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