CHAD: Death and Yondo

A black evangelist was sewed up inside a tom-tom and starved to death while drummers pounded incessantly on the skin top. The bodies of several other Christians have been found buried up to their necks in sand, their heads swarming with ants. According to some reports, more than 130 native Protestant pastors and lay church leaders have been assassinated in the landlocked African republic of Chad since last November.

The tales of death and torture reflect the grisly turn that President Ngarta Tombalbaye's "cultural revolution" has taken since its inauguration in August 1973. When first announced, Tombalbaye's policy of "Chaditude" seemed...

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