Hungary supports refugee care in Chad with 100,000 euros
As part of the Hungary Helps Program, Hungary is providing 100,000 euros in support to Chad, a country located in the Sahel region of Central Africa, where over 200,000 people have already fled due to the conflict in Sudan that erupted in April. Tristan Azbej, the State Secretary responsible for programs assisting persecuted Christians at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, announced this.
Tristan Azbej confirmed that this is the first cooperation between the two countries, and the purpose of the support is to meet the basic needs of people fleeing the Sudanese conflict and seeking refuge in Chad. László Eduárd Máthé, the Ministerial Commissioner responsible for coordinating activities in the Sub-Saharan region, emphasized that “the stability of the surrounding regions is a key issue for Hungary and Europe.” Therefore, supporting the stable countries in the Sahel region is a crucial foreign policy objective.
Mahamat Yacoub, the chairman of Chad’s migration commission, spoke about the difficulties in providing food and water to refugees, as well as the shortage of tents. Tristan Azbej added that the Chadian refugee camps have been overwhelmed by the influx of refugees fleeing the Sudanese conflict, leading to a humanitarian emergency. The Hungarian support aims to assist the refugees and their Chadian host communities, as well as to support initiatives promoting peaceful coexistence among different religious groups.
“Our principle is not to bring trouble to Europe, but to take help where the trouble is,” emphasized the State Secretary, stating that Africa’s future has an impact on our own future.
In mid-April, clashes broke out in Sudan between the army led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who orchestrated the 2021 military takeover, and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia under the command of General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.