What Does the Death President Idriss Déby Mean for Chadian Christians and Counterterrorism Efforts

Photo shows Idriss Déby in 2016. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Idriss Déby, President of Chad for the last 30 years, has been killed. He was visiting the frontlines of fighting against rebel forces. The military has named his son interim president, although Chad’s constitution says the prime minister should take that role.

Meanwhile, the rebels continue advancing towards the capital. David Bogosian of Christian Aid Mission says it’s a very tense time for Christians in Chad, whom Déby treated very well. “It’s not known what the intentions of the rebels are, in terms of how they will relate to Christians. But the uncertainty in the political environment is something that’s a real concern to Christians because he maintained the peace. And there have been civil wars between Christians and Muslims in the past. Many have been concerned that Chad could go the way of Sudan, which basically split between Muslims and the North and Christians in the South.”

“It really was President Idriss that kept the country together.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for stability in Chad following Idriss Déby’s death.
  • Ask God to give Christians in Chad wisdom as the serve Jesus in a tumultuous time.

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