- First contingent of UN-trained Chadian troops will be deployment east of the country today to help protect refugees and internally displaced persons in the volatile region.
Some 100 members of contingent, known as Détachement intégré de Sécurité (DIS), will leave from capital, N’Djamena, in batches of 25, according to a press release issued by UN Mission in Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) yesterday.
DIS troops will be under leadership of a central commander and two deputies, and have been trained by MINURCAT to provide security in many camps for refugees and internal refugees scattered across eastern Chad.
Targetted camps are said to collectively host 250,000 refugees and 180,000 displaced persons fleeing conflict and insecurity in Chad, CAR or neighbouring Darfur region of western Sudan.
Release also said MINURCAT has just completed training an additional 111 members of troops, adding to 320 others who have already been trained. A total of 850 DIS members will be trained by the mission.
Set up in September last year, MINURCAT includes a multi-dimensional UN presence and a European Union military force (EUFOR) that are jointly trying to bring stability to eastern Chad and north-eastern CAR, beset by widespread fighting and civilian displacement in recent years.
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