''They say oil is spurting out of the ground, but I haven't seen it yet,” says Faustin Gayande, a young man from the Chadian capital of N'djamena. He fears the oil revenue will not trickle down to the poor as a result of corruption and political repression. “There is a proverb from my area which says that when you catch a silurid, you've got to grab it by the head if you want to hang onto it; if you hold it by the tail, it could slip away. So Chadian oil is like a silurid because I haven't been able to grab it,'' says Gayande.
Jul 24, 2003