Chad: “The children are suffering most” (VIDEO)

11 June, 2014
1 May 2014, Gaoui, Chad: Zara's family ran a dozen shops at the market in the Central African capital, Bangui. All were looted and destroyed, several of her family members were killed. "People are still dying. Only yesterday I learned that my brother-in-law was killed. It's so inhumane." Credit: OCHA/Ivo Brandau
1 May 2014, Gaoui, Chad: Zara's family ran a dozen shops at the market in the Central African capital, Bangui. All were looted and destroyed, several of her family members were killed. "People are still dying. Only yesterday I learned that my brother-in-law was killed. It's so inhumane." Credit: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

When violence broke out in the Central African Republic, thousands of Chadians had to flee back to their country of origin. Most families had lived in Central Africa for generations.

The returnees have witnessed terrible violence. They lost their homes and belongings and need help to reintegrate in a country they left a long time ago.

More than 4,000 returnees have found refuge in Gaoui, 10 km outside the Chadian capital N'Djamena. This site, designated by the Government, will host the returnees for up to a year.

Living conditions are harsh. Temperatures are soaring, the dust is everywhere. The tents are torn apart by strong winds, and the approaching rainy season threatens to flood the camp.

The UN and its partners are doing their best to help, but they are hampered by a lack of funding. Not all returnees have received food assistance. And while some teachers are present on the site, more resources are needed to allow children to return to school.

Zara is one of the returnees living on the site in Gaoui. In Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, her family ran a dozen small shops. Now all they have is a rented sewing machine.

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