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Cablegate: Chad Humanitarian Update 02-06 Nov, 2009

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SUBJECT: CHAD HUMANITARIAN UPDATE 02-06 NOV, 2009

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1. (U) The following is an update of N'Djamena RefCoord's activities
for the period of 02-06 NOV, 2009.

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EASTERN CHAD SECURITY CONCERNS
DOMINATE MULTILATERAL MEETINGS
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2. (SBU) RefCoord attended the meeting of the Interagency Steering
Committee (IASC) and the monthly meeting of the SRSG with the
Diplomatic Corps, both on November 4. The UN Chief of Security,
Bertrand Bourgain, briefed the IASC (as reported Reftel) on his
assessment of the security environment, especially in the area
around Farchana and Hadjer Hadid. Bourgain stressed that (a) in his
opinion, this area cannot be accessed without armed escort unless
one is prepared to take on unacceptable risks, and (b) there are
insufficient escort assets to provide for all humanitarian
operations in the area. Bourgain stated that despite this lack, it
was UNDSS policy that all UN Agencies plan all movements around the
provision of armed escorts, either from MINURCAT troops or DIS
officers. He reported on the withdrawal of the NGO Premihres
Urgences staff and assets from the region, noting that the NGO's
leadership had determined they could not maintain operations along
the lines of their commitment to humanitarian principles in such an
environment, having acknowledged that armed escort was both
unavoidable and unacceptable. RefCoord suggested that donors should
make explicit to partners their policies toward reduction or
suspension of activities should partners determine this to be
required under such security conditions. Country Representative
Stefano Severes reported that some 35 UNHCR-owned or -seconded
vehicles had been stolen in the course of the year. He acknowledged
that issues such as attendance at UNHCR-convened meetings and the
location of fuel access points had put partners on the road and at
unacceptable risk, and committed to mitigate these problems. He
stated he would ask for partners to do their utmost to minimize
their need for road movements to only those strictly called for by
their professional requirements.

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OXFAM UK ON FUTURE
COLLABORATION POSSIBILITIES
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3. (SBU) RefCoord met with Oxfam UK Country Director Pauline
Ballaman, and newly arrived Funding Coordinator, Daphne Callies, to
discuss possibilities for 2010 and potential PRM funding. Oxfam UK
has been working on water and sanitation projects in the Kounoungou
and Mile camps. Motorized pumps were installed in the early years
of project, and until recently Oxfam UK has been keeping systems
maintained and functioning. Responding to UNHCR requests that
systems be shifted toward hand and foot pumps, Oxfam began the
retooling work with funding from the Canadian international
Development Agency (CIDA). That funding will be lost end-December.
Since CIDA was funding these activities for both refugee and IDP
populations, Oxfam UK must determine how best to seek new donor
support, and is exploring OFDA backing a well.

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END OF ACCRA REFCOORD'S
N'DJAMENA TDY
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4. (SBU) Accra RefCoord Emily Mestetsky ended her three-week TDY in
N'Djamena by accompanying IOM Chief of Movement and Management
Division, Michel Tonneau, to Abch November 5-6. Accra RefCoord
joined Tonneau for meetings with the Governor, Deputy Governor, and
CNAR Delegate for Ouaddai region, and with the Deputy SRSG of
MINURCAT, to discuss IOM's establishment of offices and staff
residences, as well as a new and larger transit center. Post thanks
Emily for bringing to bear in N'Djamena her expertise and energy on
resettlement and admissions issues, and congratulates her on the
significant strides made in encouraging a more realistic IOM
approach to operations in Chad. We look forward to her next TDY.

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