A tense is still prevalent in Chad, where Government forces have been fighting against rebel attacks by the Front de Liberation Nationale, FROLINAT, for the past twelve years.
GV Abeche and activity around town (7 shots)
GV School (2 shots)
GV Biltine village
GV Gateway into Biltine
GV Troops sitting on wall of army garrison
GV National Guard troops in jeeps and walking around outside gate of village (4 shots)
GV Troops standing on steps and patrolling outside village (3 shots)
GV People riding donkeys and walking through Biltine (2 shots)
GV Soldier walking past building
SV Men standing around with weapons (5 shots)
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Background: A tense is still prevalent in Chad, where Government forces have been fighting against rebel attacks by the Front de Liberation Nationale, FROLINAT, for the past twelve years. Several ceasefire agreements have been arranged between the warring sides during that period, but none has lasted for any length of time.
SYNOPSIS: In the urban and rural areas of Chad, the 12-year-old conflict has become a part of normal life, and residents carry on with every-day activities apparently without much regard. The main demands made by the FROLINAT rebels during their struggle against the Chad Government have been for a system of "democratic, popular and progressive government". The Government of President Malloum finally conceded to recognise the FROLINAT movement during a conference held in Bengazi in March this year. The two sides agreed to a ceasefire and a reconciliation agreement. At the same time, diplomatic relations between Chad and Libya were re-established...they had been severed earlier this year after Chad allegations that the FROLINAT forces were being actively supported by Colonel Gaddafi's government.
Since the March agreement though there have been several military clashes between Government and FROLINAT forces, and France has sent in troops to try to maintain the shaky cease-fire. London's Observer newspaper reported that up to 80 French troops had been killed in contacts with the rebels. And on Friday (22 June), President Malloum claimed that thousands of Libyan troops, backed by Cubans, were moving southwards in support of the anti-government rebels. But while the signs point towards an impending major war in Chad, life in towns like this goes on as normal, except for the very visibly increased military presence.