INTRODUCTION: While opposition to the Libyan-backed government of Koukouni Oueddei continues in parts of Chad, in the capital, N'djamena, law and order has effectively been restored.
GV Refugee ferry on river. 0.06
GV Ferry landed and refugees getting off. 0.08
SV Boats and refugees. 0.11
SV Refugees with belongings on land. 0.13
GV Truck full of refugees. 0.15
GV Another truck arriving at camp. (3 SHOTS) 0.30
GV & SV Camp sign. 0.35
SV & GV Refugees at camp milling about. (3 SHOTS) 0.51
GV & SV Refugees unloading belongings from trucks. (4 SHOTS) 1.09
Background: N'DJAMENA, CHAD
INTRODUCTION: While opposition to the Libyan-backed government of Koukouni Oueddei continues in parts of Chad, in the capital, N'djamena, law and order has effectively been restored. And many of the refugees who fled the fighting are now returning home. These include 42,000 people returning from neighbouring Cameroon, some by boat.
SYNOPSIS: A thousand people a day are being repatriated from the Cameroon to their homes in the Chad capital. The programme, which started at the beginning of October, is expected to last two months.
The United Nations is organising the repatriation, which is primarily aimed at those refugees who find it hard to return home by their own means. From the riverside, trucks ferried the Chadians to the centre of town.
Over eighty thousand have already returned from Cameroon on their own initiative. But United Nations' officials were reporting that no all wanted to come back. Some 2,000 Chadians have said they want to stay in Cameroon, and of the 100,000 in Nigeria, only 400 have told the United Nations they want to go home. Those who do return face a city destroyed by the war. The roads and railways are in disrepair, and many public buildings and houses are unsafe. The capital's businessmen have fled, and the government is wary of any signs of opposition.
Source: REUTERS - BOURMA ALI