Chad


Chad, Africa’s fifth-largest nation suffers from inadequate infrastructure and internal conflict. Poverty is rife, and health and social conditions compare unfavourably with those elsewhere in the region.

Chad’s post-independence history (from 1960) has been marked by instability and violence stemming mostly from tension between the mainly Arab-Muslim north and the predominantly Christian and animist south.

MAF began operating in Chad in 1966 but had to close operations in 1979 due to fierce fighting and civil war. In 1981, MAF reopened operations and has been flying there since, working in close partnership with the local church to support mission and church work.

MAF’s operating permission is part of the permit granted by the government to the Entente des Eglises et Missions Evangéliques au Tchad (EEMET) – the evangelical Church of Chad - and allows MAF to serve all church groups and non-government organisations.

Vast distances and no paved road system make overland travel time-consuming and potentially hazardous.

In April 2006, rebel forces advanced on the capital in an attempted coup to overthrow President Deby. With continuous shellfire and gunfire around the city, MAF evacuated personnel from other mission organisations along with MAF wives and children to neighbouring Cameroon. As the situation calmed, staff returned but following further unrest in December, MAF families prepared to move temporarily out of Chad. From January 2007, MAF operated with a skeleton staff of pilots and engineers to cover the flying until staff could safely return later in 2007.

In January 2008, rebels again advanced on the capital. MAF evacuated to Cameroon. As fighting continued in N’Djaména, staff returned to their home countries.

In March 2008, the Country Director and one of the pilots returned to Chad for a week to assess the situation and determine if and how MAF could resume operations.

In May 2008, MAF operations resumed.



Organisations regularly served by MAF:

• Africa Inland Mission (AIM)
• AirServ
• Baptist Mid-Missions (BMM)
• Bethanie (orphanage in N’Djaména)
• Cooperative Services International (CSI)
• Eglise catholique (Catholic Church)
• Golden Hills Church
• Grace Brethren International Ministries (known as MEF in Chad)
• Lutheran Brethren
• Red Cross
• Tchad pour Christ (Chad for Christ)
• TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission)
• Unicef
• Wycliffe Bible Translators

 

The Chad operation also flies into the Central African Republic

Chad Country Profile

 


More on Chad
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  • Off to a flying start
    Off to a flying start

    (18 Oct 2012)

    The MAF team in Chad are praising God for the first ever flight on their new Cessna 182 SMA aircraft.

  • Infront of the Chad hanger
    MAF goes the extra mile

    (17 Apr 2012)

    During the weekend of 23, 24 & 25th March, MAF again went the extra mile, this time literally. A new aircraft has been purchased, a Cessna 182 and needs to be brought to the MAF Chad Programme. A flight of more than 2820 nautical miles to be flown in three days; talking about the extra mile!

  • MAF plane on its way to Chad

    (25 Mar 2012)

    A new aircraft is currently on its way from the Netherlands to Chad.

  • Unloading supplies from the MAF plane
    Flying dentists in Chad

    (27 Jan 2012)

    MAF flew a dental team on a ten-day medical safari to remote villages of Chad. Also on board were church leaders from the USA to encourage missionaries. MAF pilot Kalvin Hildebrandt reports in what what he considers 'the highlight of my flying in Chad'.

  • A woman in Chad who had just given birth
    Hundreds helped in Chad

    (09 Jun 2011)

    Nearly 300 patients were seen during a four-day medical safari to remote villages in Chad.

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