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Feature - Lake Chad Refugees
Paolo Pellegrin
Lake Chad was once an oasis in the Sahel, the massive arid bands that separates the Sahara from the southern savanna. In the 1970s the lake began receding and then a plague sickened vital herds of livestock. By the 1990s, the lake had shrunk by 95% and inhabitants began starving.
In 2015, Boko Haram arrived and began forcing island-villages into their service. The Chadian military then forced 55,000 islanders to relocate to the inhospitable mainland and told them that relief agencies would come to provide aid. The result was a humanitarian disaster where climate change, armed conflict, disease,...

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CHAD. 2017. Amina (fake name), 18 yrs old at a transition center...
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CHAD. N'Djamena. 2017. Rosaline (fake name), 29 years old who...
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CHAD. 2017. Amina (fake name), 18 yrs old, in a transition center...
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CHAD. 2017. The iman and village leader on the island of Midi...
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CHAD. 2017. Two former Boko Haram volunteers who are now living...
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CHAD. 2017. A former Boko Haram volunteer who is now living in...
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CHAD. 2017. A mobile clinic to vaccinate and measure malnourishment...
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CHAD. 2017. Midi Kouta, an island in Lake Chad. Most of its population...
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CHAD. 2017. An IDP camp near Baga Sola.
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. Tchoukouli island in Lake Chad.
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CHAD. 2017. Ashida (fake name), a 36 year old at the Melea ICP...
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CHAD. 2017. Madou, a 12 yrs old boy at the Melea IDP camp near...
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CHAD. 2017. Kelu Chari, a 32 year old in the Kadoulou IDP camp...
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CHAD. 2017. Madou, a 12 yrs old boy at the Melea IDP camp near...
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. An IDP camp near Baga Sola.
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. An IDP camp near Baga Sola.
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. An IDP camp near Baga Sola.
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CHAD. 2017. An IDP camp near Baga Sola.
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. A fisherman in lake Chad.
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CHAD. 2017. An IDP camp near Baga Sola.
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. An IDP camp near Baga Sola.
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CHAD. 2017. An IDP camp near Baga Sola.
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CHAD. 2017. An IDP camp near Baga Sola.
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CHAD. 2017. Chief Moussa Mainakinay, 68yrs old. His family ruled...
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CHAD. 2017. Mal Serib, a 27 yrs old fisherman who narrowly escaped...
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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CHAD. 2017. Kadoulou IDP camp near Liwa in the Lake Chad basin....
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