On 3 May 2018, the Republic of Chad announced its formal application of the comprehensive refugee response framework (CRRF) through a letter signed by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Public Security and Local Governance, Mr. Ahmat Mahamat Bashir. The CRRF will build on the commitments of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the Government’s generous pledges made at the UN Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September 2016. The Government pledged to improve refugees’ access to secondary education for approximately 75,000 refugee children, to facilitate access to arable land for up to 236,000 refugees, to issue an estimated 140,000 refugee children born before 2013 with birth certificates, and to adopt the National Law governing the status of refugees and asylum seekers. The full list of Chad’s pledges can be found here.
The Representative of UNHCR in Chad, Mr. Mbili Ambaoumba said the adoption of the CRRF is a major step forward in protecting and improving the living conditions of refugees. As Chad is already the leading asylum destination in Africa in relation to the density of its population, this commitment can only strengthen the pursuit of protection, assistance and the search for durable solutions for refugees and other displaced populations, as well as the communities that host them in Chad. “I encourage the Government to double its efforts to adopt an asylum law, which is essential to domesticate the international agreements to which Chad has adhered, including the CRRF”, he added.
Sudanese refugees trained by Chadians to become qualified teachers in the camps: Along over 311 other Sudanese refugees from camps in eastern Chad, 26-year old Maka Youssouf is attending an intensive 2-month training in a Chadian teacher college in Abeche. Maka is one of 89 female trainee teacher taking part in this UNHCR sponsored programme that have seen some 439 refugee teachers trained and deployed in primary schools in the camps in eastern and southern Chad.