• Short Summary

    In the Chad capital of N'Djamena schools and universities have been closed by the Government there, as guerillas of the rebel Chad Liberation Front are reported to be advancing towards the city.

  • Description

    In the Chad capital of N'Djamena schools and universities have been closed by the Government there, as guerillas of the rebel Chad Liberation Front are reported to be advancing towards the city. The announcement was made by radio last Monday (24 April) without any official reason being given.

    SYNOPSIS: The closed schools, like this Faculty of Literature and Human Sciences, were visible signs of government reaction to the reports. The Chad Liberation Front, FROLINAT, has broken a three-week old ceasefire agreement and is said to be moving southwards.

    FROLINAT have been waging war in the mainly Moslem north of Chad for nearly 12 years. They say the country's rulers have been discriminating against the northern nomad population. With the news of the end of the ceasefire French troops have been flown in to support the government. Reuters report that 10 French Jaguar supersonic warplanes were rushed in on Thursday (27 April) and N'Djamena's main airport has been turned into a military stronghold. Chad is a former French colony, and for the first time France has said it is ready to go into action to defend the country against the Libyan-backed guerrillas. Previously France said troops would only act as advisers.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACYQR2UXQ2WK4OSLM7FSC743A3
    Media URN:
    VLVACYQR2UXQ2WK4OSLM7FSC743A3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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