In September 2016, Tadjadine Mahamat Babouri, commonly known as Mahadine, posted videos on Facebook. The videos accused the Chadian government and people close to it of corruption and misusing public money. He also complained about the economic crisis gripping this oil-dependent nation which is suffering from falling oil prices worldwide.
Mahadine was simply expressing his opinion, but sharing such videos is a bold and brave move in a country where speaking out carries serious consequences.
Within days, Mahadine was snatched from the street in broad daylight by a group of men believed to be intelligence officers. He says he was beaten, electrocuted and chained up for weeks. His wife and children were told nothing of his whereabouts and had to track him down themselves.
Facing absurd charges including threatening national security, Mahadine could spend the rest of his life in prison.
To make matters worse, Mahadine is gravely ill having caught tuberculosis in prison. He’s in need of urgent medical care and shouldn’t spend another moment in prison.