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    N'DJAMENA & SARH, CHAD

    In Chad, the government has started distributing food supplies to the people of the capital, N'djamena.

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    N'DJAMENA: APRIL 2:
    1. GV PAN People queueing for sacks of food supplies 0.09
    2. SV Men carrying sacks (2 shots) 0.19
    3. SV People load sacks onto truck (2 shots) 0.35
    4. GV People distribute sacks 0.38
    SARH: MARCH 25:
    5. GV Sugar cane being cut (3 shots) 1.01
    6. SV Bundles of sugar cane being loaded onto trucks 1.13.
    7. SV & GV Trucks leave for refinery (2 shots) 1.23
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    Background: N'DJAMENA & SARH, CHAD

    In Chad, the government has started distributing food supplies to the people of the capital, N'djamena. Reports reaching the Ministry for Natural Calamities in January and February spoke of massive grain deficits this year for the northern half of the country, and that eastern regions had gone months without any rainfall. Pastures were reported to be so bare that many people become nomads to survive, with large numbers drifting towards N'djamena in the hope of getting grain supplies. These reports came from the Food and Agricultures Organisation, a specialist agency of the United Nations. Frequent droughts and the 15-year civil war have taken their toll, especially on children. A French medical team has been carrying out a height-for-weight survey on more than 3,000 children in the Abeche region. The team found that almost one child in four was underweight by 20 per cent or more, and that many more were severely under-nourished. Nationwide distribution of international food supplies, halted by the Ministry for Natural Calamities because of allegations of corruption, was resumed in February. Around the southern town of Sarh, near the border with the Central African Republic, this year's harvest of sugar cane was cropped, bundled and sent for refining. Sugar is one of the country's few foreign exports, which have helped to pay for part of the two-year aid programme drawn up by the government, with UN help. Pledges for half the cost of the programme, set at 135 million US dollars, were made at an international conference in Geneva last November.

    Source: REUTERS - ALI BOURMA

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    Film ID:
    VLVA12HWWFAZS4PC5AAA721ICXB1U
    Media URN:
    VLVA12HWWFAZS4PC5AAA721ICXB1U
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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