other African countries, Chad is seen to offer little to the outside world, with
its poor transport infrastructure including 33,400km of roads of which just
267km are paved. Chad also is off putting to visitors because of its high cost
Child trafficking for sexual and other exploitation remains a
major concern about Chad. Many children are taken for domestic servitude and
other forms of labour both in Chad and to other neighbouring nations, and there
is also evidence of commercial sexual exploitation of children from Cameroon and
the Central African Republic being taken into Chad.
Chad is in 184th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked
in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living
standards of a country with poverty affecting 55% of the population with most of
this poverty concentrated in rural areas, where 87% of the country's poor live.
Most children in Chad have grown up knowing violence and social instability,
four out of five can't read (rising to nearly 90% for girls), most don't have
access to safe water and for the vast majority electricity is unknown (only an
estimated 1-1.5% of the country's population has access to electricity).