Ndjamena, the capital of Chad, has been in custody since January 1 and for a week. A measure taken by the authorities to deal with the outbreak of new cases of coronavirus. In addition to the ban on entering and leaving the city, Ndjaménois is encouraged to stay at home. Yesterday, Saturday, the first day of action, residents of the Chadian capital sought to adapt.
with our correspondent in Ndjamena, Madjiasra nako
The city woke up to the images of long lines of buses arriving at night at the gates of Ndjamena, but which were blocked in accordance with the decision banning entry and exit within a radius of twenty kilometers around the capital.
If some stalls were closed this first day after New Year, many businesses have opened. The decree only bans “non-essential activities”, and many traders do not know whether it applies to them or not.
For this trader who is trying to get out of more than six months of inactivity, it is the ordeal that begins again. We will have to separate from about 70% of our employees, he explains, “as a result, 10 families are in an insecure situation”. And as this confinement can be renewed, it will be necessary to carry out new layoffs, up to 95% of its employees, the trader estimates. “It’s catastrophic, it’s awful, but we can do nothing about it …”, he laments.
On Saturday afternoon, the Secretary-General of the Presidency made the textual statement stating “that it is a total containment of the city”. In other words, no one should leave their home except in cases of force majeure or refueling.
On Saturday night, an impressive security device was deployed throughout the capital to force delayed return home. But on social networks, the protest, led by artists, has already started and is swelling.