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Chad Oil Boon
SEPTEMBER 2005
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Striking It Rich?
Photograph by Pascal Maitre

Preparing to bore even deeper for oil, a worker on a rig near Kome in southern Chad washes part of a drill. Since 2003 a 663-mile-long (1,067-kilometer) pipeline built by a consortium of oil companies has allowed Chad, one of the world's poorest countries, to move its landlocked petroleum across Cameroon to a shipping facility off the coast, and then to the international market. The World Bank, which helped finance the pipeline, requires Chad's government to spend most of a possible six billion dollars in oil revenues on health, education, and other development projects. However, elsewhere in Africa, decades of oil revenues in countries such as Nigeria and Angola have failed to improve the lives of their citizens, instead fueling corruption, pollution, and violence.
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Leica M7
Film Type: Fujichrome 400
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Good
Time of Day: 5 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment: Tripod
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