After a long period of decline due to civil unrest, Chad's capital N'Djamena has resumed its former activity.
1. GV Boats crossing river 0.05
2. GV PAN Crowds of people with goods on river bank 0.14
3. SV People pushing carts loaded with goods 0.20
4. SV Bags of cement being loaded onto trucks on river bank 0.26
5. SV Boats being loaded with sacks of grain 0.30
6. GV Crowds on river bank 0.34
7. GV Herds of cattle and camel, waiting to be ferried across river (2 shots) 0.43
8. GV Sacks stacked on river bank 0.47
9. GV Heavy trucks loaded with goods and petrol tankers waiting on river bank (2 shots) 0.55
10. GV Ferry transporting people across river 1.02
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Background: N'DJAMENA, CHAD
After a long period of decline due to civil unrest, Chad's capital N'Djamena has resumed its former activity. Flotillas of small boats carry goods and passengers across the River Chari from Chad to Cameroon. Ferries have always been the main link between the two communities of Kousseri in Cameroon, and N'Djamena. Successive droughts have gradually lowered the river's water level, but passenger trade across the Chari remained constant during the 17 years of civil war which ended with President Hissene Habre's accession to power in June 1982. Chadians fleeing the conflict were the ferryman's main customers in those days. The Chari, which flows into Lake Chad, more than 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) away from its source in the Central African Republic, is the main trading link between Chad and neighbouring Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon. Many aspects of Chad's economy such as fishing and irrigation depend exclusively on the river, which also provides essential drinking water for cattle. Goods imported through sea ports in Cameroon and Nigeria are brought to Kousseri by truck. These vehicles are then loaded onto ferryboats bound for N'Djamena. Chad's efforts to have a bridge built linking the two market towns have so far failed to materialize because of lack of credits.
Source: REUTERS - ALI BOURMA