Chad: US Embassy Orders Non-essential Staff and Families to Leave as Unrest Brews

The State Department has ordered its non-essential staff at the United States Embassy in Chad to leave the African nation due to possible rebel attacks on the capital.

It also said that armed non-governmental groups in northern Chad have moved south and appear to be heading toward N’Djamena.

“Due to their growing proximity to N’Djamena, and the possibility for violence in the city, non-essential U.S. government employees have been ordered to leave Chad by commercial airline,” the department added.

It has also ordered the families of American personnel stationed there to leave because armed groups appear to be moving on the capital of N’Djamena.

The department has been warning Americans not to travel to Chad because of “unrest and the presence of the jihadist Boko Haram group.”

Landlocked Chad is home to nearly half a million refugees from neighboring Sudan, Nigeria, and Central African Republic.

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