CANCELLATION: AMERICANS LEAVE CHAD
By Celestin Ngoa Balla, US Africa News. Updated 2015-11-10
A Rebellion Penetrates the North. Boko Haram, Islamists and Other Groups Regain Strength. A President Gets Sick and Returns to his Village. Danger in Sight.
In a statement issued on September 11, the US State Department called for all American citizens to leave Chadian soil immediately. The same statement warned all American travelers not to pass through Chad. The US ambassador in N'djamena is limited to performing emergency services only for the last US nationals. To guard against attacks, US citizens in Chad are expected to avoid public gathering places, including markets, restaurants, bars, and places of worship.
In a statement, the US State Department indicated it does not have information about specific threats aimed directly against American citizens of Chad. However, in Washington Chad is said to have recently become the stronghold of the violent extremist organizations Boko Haram and Al Qaeda in the Maghreb. In Washington, there is no doubt that these terrorist organizations “intend to harm Westerners and Western interests and are easily able to pass through the Chadian border to hit their targets." The US also believes that terrorists may engage in kidnapping for ransom.
The statement from Washington came as the Action Movement for Change in Chad (MACT) announced the installation of its operational military command in northern Chad. According to Chadian opponents living in the US, the presence of soldiers is already visible in Tibesti and should advance to Ndjamena. The man at the head of MACT is Dr. Ali Ordjo Hemchi. A former teacher at the Faculty of Science of the University of N'Djamena, he joined the rebellion in 2007 and refused any rapprochement with Idriss Deby, despite the dismantling of the rebellion in 2010. To follow him in his march to Ndjamena, Ali Ordjo is counting on a large contingent of young fighters. Armed movements from the East have already joined Ali Ordjo’s workforce, which was stirred by this speech: "After 25 years of rule without sharing, the MPS [Deby’s Patriotic Salvation Movement]’ regime has failed miserably. It has reached its limits and symbolizes the despair of Chadian youth. The overwhelming majority of Chadians want change."
Misfortune never comes alone. In addition to the Islamic terrorists, Idriss Deby faces big health problems. According to journalist Abderrahmane Ahmat, "Idriss Deby is seriously ill and could even be dying. Apart from regular blackouts, Idriss Deby appears at each of his rare public appearances in a convalescent state, his visible parts (face, hands, eyes) are swollen, his voice idle and hesitant, a highly abnormal lassitude for a leader who is no longer working hard. The French press, known for their entrée with DGSE [France’s external intelligence agency] with regard to African issues, has very quickly put the pieces together and have been talking about the health of President Deby in very disturbing words: "The man is obviously too tired to go far… " ; " …the frequency of his absences from the Val-de-Grâce is accelerating…" ; "On May 13, 2015, believing him dead after his latest illness, his relatives accelerated their efforts to leave the country…" On top of everything, the Chadian president has withdrawn to his native village Amdjarass, located on the Sudanese border, just 900 km east of the capital Ndjamena.