Hungary’s government has recognized that because the situation in central Africa impacts the future of the whole of Europe, everything possible must be done to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Chad, the state secretary responsible for aiding persecuted Christians said on Wednesday.
Tristan Azbej said in a Facebook video from Chad the central African country that he had joined the Hungary Helps humanitarian programme’s medical mission involving doctors, health professionals, humanitarian operations managers and agriculture experts looking for ways to help the people living there and contribute to the country’s stability.
Armed conflicts are everyday occurrences in Chad’s neighborhood, Azbej said, noting the civil war in Sudan and the recent military coup in Niger. Chad, as the last remaining stable country in the region, is seeing an influx of people seeking safety for themselves and their families, the state secretary said, adding that about a third of the people in the country were in need of humanitarian aid given the ongoing problems related to medical care.
The members of the Hungarian medical mission are providing the refugees and the communities taking them in the care they need, Azbej explained. At the same time, humanitarian operations managers provide training for the local authorities who are in charge of caring for more than a million refugees, while the agriculture experts are exploring ways to make use of Hungarian irrigation technologies in a country battling desertification, a severe food crisis and child malnutrition, he said.
If the situation in Chad turned into a humanitarian catastrophe, it would trigger a migration wave towards Europe, including Hungary, Azbej said. The Hungarian humanitarian mission in Chad seeks to find ways for Hungary to contribute to the country’s stability and prevent the humanitarian crisis there from escalating into a disaster, he added.
Sources: Hungarian Conservative/MTI