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Survivor of Chad Civil War to speak

Apr 11, 2013

As a teenager in the African country of Chad, Esaie Toingar was forced to fight in the Chad Civil War. He will speak of his experiences and of how he is giving back to his country during a program on Saturday, April 13, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Washington Public Library. The public is encouraged to come.

Toingar was granted asylum from the United Nations and he now is an engineer at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.

"He was from Chad and, as a teenage boy, he was forced into a civil war," John Hays of Washington said. "He fought for many years. He is returning back to Chad to make a difference."

Hays and Toingar just returned from Chad where they supplied Toingar's tribal village with water purification systems.

Hays said that 90 percent of people are drinking water containing the bacteria that causes typhoid fever

A tribal chief told Toingar and Hays, "You've been here two years with water [systems]. Before you came, children were dying — many dead children from bad water. But, today, children are very healthy and very good. You're making a big difference and we can't say thanks enough."

Hays said other people will speak during the event, including Pastor Joseph Brown of Marion Avenue Baptist Church who will talk about what God is doing.

This is a free public forum. Refreshments will be served.

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