Chad: Desert Upheaval

Time to flee in a canoe

After two years of spasmodic fighting, the climax to Chad's civil war came last week with surprising speed. Some 2,000 shock troops loyal to former Defense Minister Hissene Habre, 39, advanced from north and east on the dusty capital of N'Djamena. When the rebels appeared, the armies of President Goukouni Oueddei beat a confused retreat. Stranded, with only a few loyal soldiers left, Goukouni fled ignominiously into exile by boarding a canoe to cross the Chari River into Cameroon. By sundown, the three-year reign of Goukouni was...

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