Over 300 male and female Chad soldiers are attending a paratroopers training centre in Ndjili, Congo-Kinshasa.
Over 300 male and female Chad soldiers are attending a paratroopers training centre in Ndjili, Congo-Kinshasa. At the end of their training period they will return to Chad to replace departing French soldiers fighting rebels in the north-east.
General Bosango and Massiala watched the 300 man and 9 woman make their first parachute jump under the supervision of Major Tschikeva. After four months at Ndjili and Kitona the paratroopers will complete their training at the commando centre in Kota-Koli.
Trouble began in Chad three years ago when the nomadic Moslem tribesmen in the north and eat rebelled against the administration of the Christian government of President Francois Tombalbaye.
The revolt grew so serious that President Tombalbaye was forced to invoke the Franco-Chad defence agreement, and more than 2,500 French troops, including about 900 Foreign Legion paratroopers, are reported to be supporting the government forces in the conflict.
The French Government is now anxious to limit its military involvement in Chad, and French sources have said that when some units are relieved at the end of this year fewer men will be sent to relieve them.
Chad, which forms the Union of Central African States with Congo-Kinshasa, has been able to send soldiers there for military training.