Chad plans stricter checks on NGOs

19th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 November 2007, N'DJAMENA - Chad will conduct preliminary controls on all non-governmental organisations in the country to avoid situations such as the Zoe's Ark charity affair, its foreign minister said Sunday.

19 November 2007

N'DJAMENA - Chad will conduct preliminary controls on all non-governmental organisations in the country to avoid situations such as the Zoe's Ark charity affair, its foreign minister said Sunday.

"Now it is about knowing who is who. It is less a problem with trusting non-governmental organisations than one of control: there will be good preliminary checks," Foreign Minister Ahmad Allam-Mi said.

The French charity Zoe's Ark tried to fly 103 children out of Chad to Europe last month, causing international outcry when it was revealed that many of the children were neither orphans nor from Darfur as claimed.

Six French members of Zoe's Ark and four Sudanese officials were arrested and remain imprisoned in Chad's capital N'Djamena,

The affair did "not undermine our trust in NGOs," the minister said, but the government would pay a lot more attention to such groups in future.

"We are planning to take a census to know who is here legitimately and to ask those who are not to put their papers in order," he said, adding that between 150 and 200 NGOs currently work within Chad.

There are around 240,000 refugees from the Darfur region in neighbouring Sudan and 180,000 displaced Chadians, according to UNHCR.

AFP

Subject: French news

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