A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 29, 1983

"There is a war going on in Chad, but getting anywhere near it is as difficult as buying a ringside seat for a title fight," reports TIME Nairobi Bureau Chief John Borrell, who has spent the past two weeks reporting on the struggle between government forces and Libyan-backed rebels. "Even getting to N'Djamena, the capital, was a challenge, reinforcing my long-held belief that covering Africa is 80% logistics and 20% reporting." Borrell was in Nigeria for its national elections when Chad began to heat up. He waited to send the election results from...

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