I just returned from Chad, a country I knew very little about before I went. If you do have any knowledge of the place, it will most likely be images of the Sahara, intense isolation, extreme heat, and Islam. All are true of some parts of Chad, but the lower third of the country is green with rivers and lakes, and the Muslim population is actually about 56% of the whole country. The government policy, at least for now, is religious tolerance.
Still, it looks quite different from the east Africa I’m more familiar with – the square mud houses, the clothing, the landscape, the language and people. Here are a few photos from the areas of Chad we visited. Stories to follow in another post.