Life in Chad during Corona virus

Folk have been asking us what life is like here in Chad at the moment, during the Corona virus pandemic.

The government has put in place some restrictions to travel, schools are closed and large meetings are banned.  Here in our town, the food market and food shops are open but other shops are closed.  We are mostly avoiding going out, but every few days Aphia goes to the market to get fresh meat and fresh vegetables.  It is difficult to socially distance with a 2 year old when others are not socially distancing.

Like many around the world, we are becoming more inventive in our use of tinned foods and are baking a wider range of things than before.  We experiment with various recipes from around the world.  We don’t have a shortage of flour or yeast here.  Some recent experiments have been samosas (that look more like pasties), mandazis (a Kenyan fried doughnut) and Hot Cross Buns!  Some of the other experiments were not so photo worthy.

Both of us are no longer working as before, as both football training and English teaching are not happening at the moment.  We are still continuing Chadian Arabic studies, but at home by ourselves, instead of using a language helper.

Some expatriates have left Chad, but so far we’ve decided to stay.  We would value prayer for our ongoing decision making.  We’re trying to make the most of our time, now that we are not going out visiting folk.  Aphia is doing some studies online, we’re doing more painting and craft with Emunah and we’re both able to read and study more than before.  That makes us sound very productive!  I am finding it harder to concentrate and am learning that some days are more productive than others.  If you are struggling, do get in touch for a chat.  We are both online more than normal and free to chat.

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