A ban on the use of charcoal in Chad is making life hard for people already struggling with high food prices. Families are being forced to burn furniture, cow dung, rubbish and roots of plants in order to cook. Since the clampdown was announced - officially in order to help the environment - charcoal has become almost impossible to find. The price of a small bundle of dead wood has shot up from a few hundred to 5,000 CFA francs (USD 12). Feelings are running high in the city, with the main opposition coalition organizing a peaceful mass action over the next few days. (BBC)

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