EU soldiers have proved incapable of protecting civilians in eastern Chad, says international charity Oxfam. It is urging the European Union together with the United Nations to give the designated peacekeeping force in eastern Chad and Central African Republic more backbone.
More than 3,000 European soldiers from more than a dozen countries began a mission early this year to protect refugees, civilians and aid workers but the conflict has not stopped spilling over from Sudan’s Darfur region. Oxfam says hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people seeking safety are still being attacked, robbed, raped and forced into arms.
It said EU military patrols and camp guards have reassured many of the displaced but EUFOR is not equipped to fight bandits. The critics said the UN-trained Chadian police units have not even been deployed.