In N’Djamena, there is concern for the residents of the peripheral districts. The cause? Excavation of a trench that follows the same line as the trench decided by the authorities in 2008 after the rebel attack on the capital. It surrounds N’Djamena for about 40 kilometers. Residents are wondering, the authorities are trying to calm down.
as reported from N’Djamena,Aurélie Bazzara-Kibangula
In the Arada district, on the outskirts of N’Djamena, the trench serves as a playground for children. But she worries Hassan Bichara, whose house is right on the edge: “They started there, it will cross up to… Really, three meters deep and two and a half meters wide. Those on the other side cannot cross ”.
Mahamat Yacoub, a resident of the neighborhood, asks himself questions, because, he says, this trench is on the same path as the one dug in 2008 after the rebel attack on N’Djamena: “Why are we digging this grave again? We are told that there are no more rebels in Chad, but we are building it anyway. We wonder if that means there is a threat of another attack or if it is only preventive after the fact occurred in April. “
This is the surprise on the part of some authorities who say they do not know who decided to resume work. “This story about the trenches, I do not know where it comes from, but I can assure you that it is not linked to security threats in the country,” reassures Abdraman Khoulamalla, government minister and spokesman. The country is calm. We have, it is true, some problems that are problems related to societal conflicts, but other than that there is no threat. “
The spokesman added that in any case, the Chadian army is currently thousands of kilometers away, at the country’s borders, to secure the territory.