1930s: possibly from Scots chad 'gravel, small stones' or dialect chat 'chip of wood'. It is not, as suggested, from the name of Mr. Chadless, inventor of a Chadless Keypunch: no such person has been found. Nor is it formed as an acronym from 'card hole aggregate debris'.
Much of the country lies in the Sahel, as well as the Sahara Desert in the north. A French colony from 1913, Chad became autonomous within the French Community in 1958 and fully independent as a republic in 1960. The country has been troubled by rebellions in the north since 1998
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- ‘If the raids are not brought under control, we will take measures to guarantee the security of refugees and Chadians who live in these regions,’ Chadian President Idriss Deby warned on Wednesday.
- When that film received its premiere in N'Djamena, lots of Chadians from Haroun's old neighbourhood turned up to the country's only cinema dressed up to the nines.
- At least five people were arrested in the raid, including two Chadians, an Egyptian and a Saudi, a Saudi interior ministry official said.