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Attack in northern Chadian gold-mining region highlights government’s inability to restore peace, posing deterrent to commercial exploitation

31 December 2018


A Chadian human rights group said on 30 December that at least 30 gold miners were killed and 200 wounded in Chad's northern Tibesti region by Arab fighters who crossed into the territory from southern Libya.

According to the Chadian Convention for the Defence of Human Rights (Convention tchadienne pour la défense des droits de l'homme: CTDDH), the fighters targeted "non-Arabs" and forced them out of the Kouri Bougoudi gold mining area, which over the past five years has attracted thousands of artisanal miners from abroad (increasingly to fund migration to Europe), as well as from within Chad. The CTDDH claims Chadian President Idriss Déby planned the attack to expel the miners and exploit the gold reserves for his own benefit.

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