Teachers in the West African country of Chad, one of the poorest in the world, have been on strike for three months, along with other public servants in health and education.

Teachers in the country are attempting to do their work in appalling conditions, with an average class size of 96 and against a background of rampant child labour. Their pay is not enough to keep body and soul together, leave alone feed a family.

The Chadian President Idriss Deby, has been in power since 1990 and has a history of brutal repression of the people. He and his family have enriched themselves while over half of the population are in abject poverty. 

And yet Chad has resources which should allow its people to live a decent life, in particular cotton and oil. At present the US oil giant Exxon Mobil, whose CEO has just been nominated as US Secretary of State by Donald Trump, is in dispute with the government, which wants it to pay 2% of its profits in royalties, Exxon Mobil is only prepared to pay 0.2%. This theft of the resources of a country in poverty is largely ignored by the world's media, as is the strike by the teachers.