Chad – 143rd Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Chad is my 143rd country.
Chad is a landlocked country, located at the crossroads of north-central Africa. Sixteen million people make their home there with 10% found in the capital, N’Djamena. Chad is a smorgasbord of over 200 ethnic and linguistic groups with almost an even split between Christianity and Islam. Chad is also a mix of desert, savannah, fertile grounds, as well as wetlands. Chad was once a colony of France and gained its independence in 1960. Idriss Deby ruled the country from 1990 to 2021, when he was killed on the frontlines fighting an anti-Chadian internal faction.
I touched down in N’Djamena, the capital on October 2, 2021. It was my first new country since March of 2020. I arrived to witness the amazing Gerewol Festival which did not disappoint. After one night in the capital my group partook on a day and half roadtrip to a desolate strip in the savannah. Tents were set up and we spent the week with the Wodaabe people to view this annual matchmaking ceremony.
Chad is my 143rd country.