Friday, August 12, 2016

Up with Geography: Chad





African continent. Chad outlined in
dark ink & shaded.

A close-up of Chad & its neighbors.

Libya, Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger

Water Borders:
Lake Chad

Total Area:
495,753 square miles

Five Largest Cities:
N'Djamena, Moundou, Sarh, Abeche, Kelo

Famous Geographical Point:
Tibetsi Mountains

Famous Person:
Louis Gidrol, musician (he co-wrote the Chadian national anthem)

Book Set In/About:
Rain School by James Rumford

This is a children's book about a school in Chad. It's (allegedly) filled with lovely illustrations and sparse prose to show how difficult it is for many children to get an education in Chad.

Movie Set In/About:
"Daratt (Dry Season)" (2006), directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

At the end of a decades-long civil war, a teenaged boy is sent by his grandfather to kill the man who killed the boy's father. However, as the boy grows to know the man and become involved in his life, he finds himself conflicted about his murderous task.

Headline of the Day:
"Tensions in Chad as Deby Sworn in for Fifth Term" in Times LIVE.

It was depressingly difficult to find an actual headline about Chad, rather than about Michael Phelps' rival Chad Le Clos.


Patricia said...

Your last sentence is my favorite.

Chad is yet another one of those countries that I could not place in the right continent. Although I would probably guess Africa and be right. But it's not like I actually KNEW that.

I'm kind of interested if the country Chad and the popular 1970s boy's name Chad had any influence on each other. The graph on Wolfram Alpha takes a huge uptick in the late 1960s, so perhaps the independence movement put the name front and center on the news and it crept into the conscience of procreating Americans

balyien said...

Ugh, I even typed in "country of Chad" and still got tons of articles about Michael Phelps. So annoying!

Interesting note about the connection between the independence movement and the popularity of Chad as a boys' name. The only two men I've ever known named Chad were both born in the 70s!

I wonder if it's weird to be the native of a country that no one ever talks/thinks about? Or maybe it would be a bit of a relief, at least when your politicians are doing something stupid. "Well, at least no one is paying attention to anything that moron says."