Like in Nigeria, medieval barbarism is reaching new heights in Chad, with the tribal leader, Deby, urging his military to shoot warring civilian herders and farmers.
As their final solution to the security question, Nigeria’s Buhari had recently urged his illicit army to chase the bandits to any corner and kill them all
Chad declares emergency in east after dozens die in ethnic violence
Chad’s President Idriss Deby declared a state of emergency in two eastern provinces on Sunday and authorised summary shooting to “save the majority” after clashes killed dozens this month.
The state of emergency will run for three months in the Sila and Ouaddai regions bordering Sudan, where 50 people have died since August 9 in fighting between Arab herdsmen and settled farmers, the president’s office said.
“From now, we will deploy military forces who are going to ensure the security of the population in the region,” Mr Deby said on a trip to Sila. “We must disarm all the civilians who have weapons in their hands.
“If there is still fighting between Arabs and Ouaddaians. You shoot 10 from each side to save the majority. You have authorisation.”
Mr Deby’s comments sparked condemnation from the Chad Convention for Human Rights, which said in a statement it was “scandalised by the call to massacre civilians”.
The rights group said it was demanding “an immediate halt to these abuses and believes that the responsibility for the genocide that is being prepared will rest with President Deby”.
Eastern Chad is in the grip of a cycle of violence between nomadic camel herders and farmers from the Ouaddaian community.
Herders have for decades moved their livestock through the Ouaddai region in rotation between summer and winter pastures.
Most of the animals belong to the president’s Zaghawa ethnic group, and the farmers say they often escape censure when unrest breaks out between the two sides.
Similar conflicts erupt in other African states, notably Nigeria.
Drought and population growth have aggravated the conflict, while weapons from conflict-stricken neighbours have made it even more deadly.
Mr Deby this month blamed the surge in violence partly on an influx of guns from neighbouring Libya, Central African Republic and Sudan.
“The government has created special disarmament units,” he said. “We take away the weapons but the next day more arrive.”