Washington – On Saturday, the State Department ordered a non-essential diplomat at the US Embassy in Chad to leave the African country for a potential rebellion on the capital.
In addition to non-essential embassy staff, armed groups appear to be moving to the capital of N’Djamena, so the ministry has ordered the families of American staff stationed there to leave.
“Armed non-governmental groups in northern Chad appear to be moving south and heading for N’Djamena,” the ministry said in a travel warning. “Due to the increased proximity to N’Djamena and the potential for violence in the city, non-essential U.S. government officials have been ordered by commercial airlines to leave Chad.”
The department has long warned Americans not to travel to Chad due to anxiety and the presence of the Jihadist Boko Haram group. It said that any American who wants to leave there now should.
The landlocked country of Chad is home to nearly 500,000 refugees from neighboring Sudan, Nigeria and the Central African Republic. An additional 330,000 Chad people are internally displaced, most of whom live in the unstable Lake Chad region, where Boko Haram militants are active.
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U.S. orders diplomats to leave Chad as a rebel near the capital
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