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    West Germany has given the Republic of Chad 750,000 Marks, about $U.S.340,000, to help it?

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    West Germany has given the Republic of Chad 750,000 Marks, about $U.S.340,000, to help it fight the effects of the drought which has hit much of Africa's Sahel region. The aid came in the form of a cheque, which was presented to Mr. Roasngar M'Baidoloumal, the Chad Minister of Agriculture and Natural Disasters, in N'Djamena on Friday (2 December). A shipment of 20,000 tonnes of foodstuffs has also arrived in Chad from West Germany. And more is on its way.

    SYNOPSIS: Chad is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Africa, and its has been battling against the drought for several months. Low rainfall has meant poor cotton, rice, and tobacco harvest and the West German aid follows an appeal for help to the International Red Cross, France, the United States and the European Economic Community. The West German delegation was met at the airport by Mr. M'Baidoloumal.

    Some 27 million people live in the Sahel region, and conditions are already being likened to the late 60's and early 70's, when the rains also failed, and starvation was rife. Outside aid is vital, and in a short speech the West German Ambassador to Chad, Mr. Peter Metzger, said his country's help was an expression of its friendship for the people of Chad. The Ambassador, when handing over the cheque, promise further help.

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