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Chad Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Apr 21, 2005

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to increased tensions throughout Chad, and especially along the Chad-Sudan border. This Public Announcement expires on October 31, 2005.

In recent months, all regions in Chad have experienced a sharp rise in the number of reported incidents of highway banditry targeting civilians. Three foreigners were either killed or critically injured as a result of highway attacks. NGO convoys have also been victims of these highway assaults.

Tensions along the Chad-Sudan border continue to affect the security environment in the region. Relations between the two countries remain fragile following the public criticism by the government of Chad of the government of Sudan's alleged support of Chadian rebels operating in Sudan, and an attack on the Chadian Consul General in western Darfur by unidentified gunmen. Gunmen shot at an NGO vehicle in Goz Bedia, and UNCHR has placed a road from Abeche to Goz Bedia off-limits to UN traffic. These incidents are taking place against a backdrop of tension between refugees and the Chadian inhabitants of the eastern region of Chad.

U.S. citizens are strongly urged to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety when traveling throughout the country. When traveling anywhere in the country, American citizens should strongly consider traveling in groups, keeping a cell phone or two way radio in reach at all times, avoiding travel after dusk, and leaving detailed travel plans with a reliable point of contact.

U.S. citizens in Chad are further strongly advised to register their presence in the country with the U.S. Department of State, and provide contact information and a specific travel route if traveling outside the capital. Registrants should use the State Department's travel registration website, Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in N'Djamena. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. The U.S. Embassy is located in N'Djamena on Avenue Felix Ebou; mailing address is B.P. 413; telephone: (235) 51-62-11, 51-70-09, 51-77-59, 51-90-52, 51-92-18, and 51-92-33; fax: (235) 51-56-54. The Embassy's website is American NGO groups should also register with the UNHCR security office in Abeche.

U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's most recent Consular Information Sheet for Chad, and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, which are located on the Department's Internet web site at Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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