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Centre National de Déminage (CND)

Location: Chad

Type: Civil society

The Centre National de Déminage (CND) are responsible for the demining efforts across Chad. They coordinate all demining activities and cooperate with NGO and private companies assisting Chad in its demining efforts.

At the UN Meeting of national Mine Action Directors and the United Nations Advisors (NDM-UN) in Geneva on February 16th 2016, the CND reported that they have found that terrorists in the Lake Chad region are using the ERW to manufacture their IEDs which are then being used in the region and across the borders to harm civilians.

As of December 30th 2015, the CND reported to the UN that the situation in Chad had seen over 35,000 displaced by the violence. They have proposed further action to tackle the Lake Chad region and clear ERW. However, it is now relatively dangerous to engage in this type of work in the region. The CND has already begun work on clearing the area though in attempts to prevent further reuse of such materials.

At the meeting, Mr. Mahamat Hissein Salkato, the Deputy Coordinator of the CND, proposed that further steps were required including a technical and non-technical survey, IED Management training, Risk education and awareness raising, and victim assistance.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.