Devastation in Chad

It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog post, but I wanted you to know that there has been devastating fire in the village of Maramara, Chad. Thankfully no one was hurt, but 85% of the village has been destroyed. The people lost their homes, food storage, crops, seeds, and some of their animals. 

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The dark colored ash is where a home used to be. Fires are not unusual in eastern Chad. Maramara has had fires before, but they have taken out a couple of homes at the most. They've never seen anything like this in the years of the existence as a tribe. 

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We don't know what our next steps will be in helping the people of Maramara, but we will be working closely with World Concern to decide what is best over the next few days. We will keep you updated as we get more information. 

Remember, there are three phases of helping those with needs: relief, rehabilitation, and development. We thought we were coming into Maramara for development purposes. As of today, we are in a relief and rehabilitation relationship with Maramara. 

More news coming later. This is totally and completely devastating. 


  1. So,so sad. I’m struck by how little is left in the footprint of the burned huts…when a western house burns, there is usually a debris pile left. It shows how simply and possession-free they live. And ironically, the only things left are the clay pots that probably held water.

    You mentioned a number of times how fire was one of their biggest threats, and how a good supply of water could all but eliminate this problem. It’s hard to fathom that they were so close to being able to replace these dwellings.

  2. Exactly, Bob! I am overwhelmed and I WAS looking forward to going, but now Im kind of dreading how painful it will be. But I do look forward to sharing the love of Christ with them.

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