Inter Press Service: Farmers, Herders Collide in Southern Refugee Camps


Categorie: Africa, Axe in Chad, Relief |

a-granary-built-by-africare-at-a-refugee-camp-in-gore-southern-chad-july-8-2008.jpgClarisse Larlombaye was nearly ruined when a herd of cows got into her rice field one night. The tiny 900-square-meter plot, outside the U.N.-run Gondje refugee camp in lush southern Chad is the sole source of income for Larlombaye and the two other Central African refugees she shares it with.

In recent years, Larlombaye and her co-farmers each have gotten an average of 225 kilogrammes of rice per year from their small plot. Larlombaye said she and her family usually eat two-thirds; the other third she sells for around $.75 per kilo at local markets. But the marauding cows left her with just 70 kilos last year, barely enough to feed her and her family.

Larlombaye’s brush with catastrophe is all too common in southern Chad, where 60,000 Central African refugees compete with local residents, and with each other, for land. The growing crisis parallels escalating tensions in eastern Chad between 250,000 Darfuri refugees and local residents over scarce water and firewood. Ravenous cattle intruding on farmland is not a new problem in Chad.

But incidents are becoming more frequent and contentious, especially in and around the southern refugee camps.

Read the rest at Inter Press Service.

(Photo: me)


5 Responses to “Inter Press Service: Farmers, Herders Collide in Southern Refugee Camps”

  1. Andrae says:

    Just thought you might be interested to know that Google is currently listing Inter Press Service as a malicious site hosting malware.

    I’m not sure what’s going on here.

  2. 222 says:

    Iowa has set up a international company after the flood there and dry vacced their facility. It is a 20 mil operation and are hiring on 65 newer employees to revitalize the feed industry for cattle. 20,000 bags are ready and shipped as of last friday. It may be a way to sustain the cattle there and keep our local economy revitalized simulataneously.

  3. 222 says:

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  4. 222 says:

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  5. klor says:

    thanks a lot…

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