- Title: CHAD: AN UNEASY CALM IN THE WAR-TORN COUNTRY, AS NEW ARMY CHIEF INSTALLED.
- Date: 15th July 1981
- Summary: N'DJAMENA, CHAD RECENT 1981 ( REUTERS - BOURMA ALI) GV Cathedral of N'Djamena. (2 SHOTS) 0 SV B.S.K.N. building. (2 SHOTS) GV BTCD building. (3 SHOTS) GV Building. (2 SHOTS) GV Damaged Air Afrique building. (2 SHOTS) GV damaged U.T.A. building. (2 SHOTS) GV Armoured car parked in front of damaged building. (2 SHOTS) CU Frolinat posters. CU Frolinat flag. GV PAN Street scene. GV American Culture Centre. (2 SHOTS) GV Damaged bulldozer. GV Camp 13. (2 SHOTS) SV Libyan soldiers greeting Major General Togoi. GV PAN Soldiers watching. CU General togoi CU Lieutenant Colonel Allafi. CU Libyan army officers. (3 SHOTS) SV President's representative presents flag.
- Embargoed: 30th July 1981 13:00
- Location: Chad, Chad
- Country: Chad
- Topics: Conflict,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVAAI1K45S4BSMP85E2TSLGB13XX
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- Story Text: INTRODUCTION: It's now seven months since rebel forces surrendered, ending the Civil War in Chad in central Africa. Now the government of President Goukouni is trying to restore order, despite a pledge by the forces of former Defence Minister Hissene Habre to bring down the regime. In an atmosphere of uneasy clam, Major-General Adoum Togoi has been installed as Chief of General Staff of Chad's National Integration Army.
The Cathedral of N'Djamena was one of the many building damaged during the nine months of fierce confrontation between the rebels and Government forces. The whole commercial and administrative quarter of the city became a combat zone. These buildings carry the scars of the bitter fighting that raged through the capital.
Along with the far-reaching material damage, up to 30,000 civilians and soldiers are estimated to have died during the war, although officials figures on the death-toll have not been released.
N'Djamena took on the appearance of a 'ghost town' after the fighting, which left the city without water, post and telephone services.
The victorious 'Frolinat' forces of President Goukouni were backed by Libya. They decorated the streets of N'Djamena with flags and posters along with the promise to return life in the capital to normal.
Tanks and bulldozers converted into armoured vehicles have to be cleared away. This camp, which looks on the Square of Independence has been left in ruins.
Libyan soldiers greeted Major General Togoi when he arrived for his installation ceremony as Chief of General Staff.
The Libyans had fought side by side with the National Integration Army.
After the installation ceremony, there was an inspection of the troops and text about the new Chief of the Armed Forces was read out. The President's representative then handed the flag to one of General Togoi's adjutants.
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