Officially the Republic of Chad, this desert filled country has several regions; a desert zone in the north, the arid Sahelian belt in the centre and the fertile Sudanian Savanna in the South.
With a population of 15 million people – 22.4 per cent of it being urban – Chad is the world’s 22nd-largest country.
Referred to as the “Dead Heart of Africa”, Chad is surrounded by Libya to the North, Sudan to the East; Niger, Nigerian and Cameroon to the West and the Central African Republic to the South. Its capital city, N’Djamena, is the largest city and currently the most expensive city to live in Africa.
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Chad is a dominant Arabic country and its official languages are Arabic and French. It is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups and its popular religion is Islam and Christianity.
Despite the unrest in Chad, it can boast of some of the world’s valued resources. Its president, Idriss Deby, has ruled Chad since 1990, surviving coup attempts and civil war.
Below are some interesting facts about Chad you probably didn’t know about: