Funding crisis in Chad for humanitarian assistance

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Children play near a site for displaced families at Goz Baida in eastern Chad.
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The UN Humanitarian agency (OCHA) has said that a "funding crisis" is putting lives at risk in Chad.

Some programmes, such as those providing nutritional support for children in the Sahel, may have to be cut.

The situation in Chad has been impacted by civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Close to 100,000 Central Africans are refugees in Chad since the ouster of their President in March 2013.

Robert Piper is the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel.

” We have launched an appeal of approximately 530 million dollars for Chad which is today only 5 per cent financed. So we have certainly a funding crisis for this country.” (0'11")

Mr Piper is travelling with UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos on her first visit to Chad.

On Tuesday, Ms Amos visited a transit site for refugees from CAR in Gaoui, near the Chadian capital.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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