Chad: War Ends, Bandit Hunting Season Begins


October 21, 2009:  Sudan is seeking help in capturing a gang of about 14 men who fled into Chad. The gang had kidnapped, and later released, two female aid workers. The Sudan government fears the gang will return to Sudan and kidnap again. The bandits apparently are former tribal militiamen working for the Sudanese government. Both Sudan and Chad have been  reducing their support for rebel groups across the border. But the frontier is still a generally lawless place, where the only justice is available from your own tribe.

October 17, 2009: The government expelled the editor of a weekly newspaper for publishing a story on recent arms purchases from France. The editor was a Senegalese, so he could be ordered out of the country.

October 9, 2009: Chad and Sudan have resumed peace talks. Sudan insists that the only problem along their common border are bandits on the Sudan side, who sometimes seek sanctuary in Chad. If an agreement can be worked out to deal with this, then the two nations may be able to coordinate their security efforts to keep the peace along the border.

October 8, 2009: Members of the Ugandan rebel group, the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) are headed for southeastern Chad. The LRA are basically bandits, but well organized, ruthless and cruel. They were originally chased into Congo, and keep moving when local security forces come after them. They are now in the Central African Republic and causing quite a bit of panic and unrest.


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