Lake Chad (Chad)

The next stop on our journey is Lake Chad in Chad. Lake Chad is a large shallow lake which gave Chad its name. It is economically important. It provides water to over 68 million people in the four countries surrounding it: Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria. However, the lake shrunk significantly in the 20th century, with its average surface area decreasing by more than 95% between 1963 and 1993. For every 23,600 people in Chad there is only 1 doctor. Interestingly Chad and Romania have the exact same flag after Romania dropped the arms from its flag in 1989. Sadly, Chad is one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the world. It was ranked as the seventh poorest country by Forbes.com in 2008. It has also appeared on other lists of the most corrupt countries in the world. A major part of the population lives below the poverty line because of the corruption despite its rich resources in gold, crude oil, and uranium. 

From here, we travel South for 1,218km to Bangui in the Central African Republic