Tiffany ADams Michelle
Many of us do not think of Chad when we think of an emergency. However, the landlocked state sits in a volatile neighborhood, with Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, Central African Republic and Cameroon to the south, and Nigeria and Niger to the west. Residence of N'Djamena uses the harsh sun to dry tomatoes, ochre and berries for the market. It is the dry season here, with dust coating everything. Children find relief playing in the low and polluted lakes and rivers, alongside carpet washers. Clean water is in high demand, but poor neighbourhoods, called quartiers, on N’Djamena’s outskirts don’t benefit from the city’s utilities grid. Instead, they rely on shallow wells or, if they can afford it, water vendors. Even then, there is no guarantee that the water is clean. Last year, over 17,000 people contracted cholera in Chad, with thousands of cases in the capital alone.