US Embassy in Chad raises alarm over “kidnappings”

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A recent security alert issued by the United States embassy in N’Djamena warned “U.S. citizens to remain vigilant, exercise extreme caution, and limit non-essential travel in the Southern regions of Chad.”

Reports of kidnappings of westerners continue throughout all regions in Chad.

U.S. Embassy N’Djamena, Chad (March 28, 2023) — Security Alert

According to the alert, issued the 28th of March, “Reports of kidnappings of westerners continue throughout all regions in Chad.” despite an absence of any news items to support the claim. The latest kidnapping of an expat in Chad reported in the news is Jerome Hugonnot, a Franco-Australian conservationist abducted in the east of Chad at the end of October 2022 while working on behalf of the Sahara Conservation Fund.

While the report is not clear as to the circumstances, it does give a general location, emphasizing the region near the Chadian border with the Central African Republic where reports have indicated that Russian mercenary forces are supporting and arming Chadian rebels in the CAR.

The report encourages citizens to take these actions:

  • Avoid all non-essential travel by road in the Southern regions near the Central African Republic border until further notice.
  • Have a personal emergency action plan that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of a large gathering.
  • Always carry proof or a copy of your legal presence in Chad, such as a U.S. passport with visa, or a residency card, and any required Chadian government travel permissions.
  • Keep a low profile.

    See the full alert HERE

    Peter Lee

    Freelance Journalist and Editor, currently working with Heartbeat Africa News covering events in "The Heart of Africa". Contact Peter Lee in English or French at

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