Country Highlight: CHAD

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Chad is Africa’s 5th largest country and sometimes called the “Dead Heart of Africa”. Learn more about this interesting country.

Fast Facts:
1. It is a landlocked country in north-central Africa.

2. It is the 5th largest African country and the 20th largest country in the world.

3. Its capital and largest city is N’Djamena, located about 660 miles from the nearest seaport in Douala, Cameroon. Because of this distance from the sea and the country’s largely desert climate, Chad is sometimes called the “Dead Heart of Africa”.

4. Chad has more than 200 ethnic groups. The three largest are: Sara (27%), Arab (13%), Kanembu/Buduma (8.5%)

5. Chad has more than 120 traditional languages and two official languages, Arabic and French. Chadian Arabic, a dialect of Arabic, is spoken by 80% of the population.

6. Major religions: Islam (55%), Christianity (41%), Animism and other traditional religions (2%), None (2%)

7. Chad was colonized by France in 1920 as part of French Equitorial Africa.

8. Chad gained independence from France in 1960. Its post-independence history has been characterized by civil unrest, largely due to ethnic and religious conflicts.

9. Chad’s major exports are oil, cattle and cotton, but it is one of the poorer countries on the continent.

10. All photography in Chad requires a government permit.

11. Lowest point: Djourab Depression (525 ft). Highest point: Emi Koussi (11,204 ft).

12. Tourism in Chad is a minor but growing industry. Tourist attractions in the capital include markets, N’Djamena Central Mosque, and Avenue Charles de Gaulle, lined with embassies, high-end restaurants, and colonial Victorian homes.

13. Notable landmarks include Zakouma National Park (with 44 wildlife species), the Great Aloba Arch, Lake Chad, Tibesti Mountains, and the Sahara Desert, as well as sandstone formations and ancient rock paintings.

14. Chadian people are very friendly and hospitable, but they expect foreigners to respect their customs and beliefs.

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Country Highlight: ALGERIA

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Algeria is the biggest country in Africa and 4/5ths of its land is covered by the Sahara Desert. Learn more fun facts about this beautiful country.

Fun Facts:
1. It’s the biggest country in Africa and the 10th largest in the world.

2. It’s located in North Africa but has a Mediterranean coastline.

3. The Sahara Desert covers 4/5ths of its land.

4. Its capital and most populous city is Algiers.

5. Major languages: Arabic, French and Berber

6. Ethnicity/Race: 99% Berber

7. Religion: 99% Islam, 1% Christianity and other

8. It locally produces beer and wine.

9. It has 18 international airports.

10. Most visitors require a Visa. Only 8 countries have visa free entry. The Visa will be denied if you have visited and have a passport stamp for Israel or one of its neighboring country land borders.

11. It has a rich history with 7 World Heritage sites: Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad, Djémila, Casbah of Algiers, M’Zab Valley, Timgad, Tipasa, and Tassil n’Ajjer.

12. Tourist attractions include ancient towns, the desert region, beaches, botanical gardens, museums, national parks and more.

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