U.S. Warns of Violence, Poor Security in Chad

Country: Chad
Issue: Violence

The U.S. Department of State issued a new Travel Warning for Chad on August 16, 2011 to remind U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling there and to recommend that they should avoid all travel to eastern Chad and all border regions.

From the U.S. State Department Chad Travel Warning:
"This Travel Warning is due to the insecurity caused by high levels of violent crime, the continuing risk of clashes between Chadian government and armed opposition forces, and the risk of sudden outbreak of conflict among the populations living in these areas. In particular, the risks of carjacking and kidnapping for ransom increase as part of factional conflict. The U.S. Embassy in Chad has prohibited official government travel to all areas outside of N'Djamena without express authorization. U.S. citizens affiliated with humanitarian relief efforts should review security precautions and consider measures to mitigate exposure to violent crime. If you are residing in Chad, you should exercise caution throughout the country."