Damning video evidence of the lavish wedding celebrations of one of Chadian president Idriss Déby's sons, in which guests are showered with bills, was recently leaked online. Our Observer says such behaviour is not uncommon in this central African country blighted by poverty.
The wedding took place in the summer of 2011 in the capital city of N’Djamena. Adam Déby, one of the president’s sons, was married to the daughter of the former transport minister, who died in 1998 in a plane crash.
The video shows wedding guests dancing to loud music, and showering each other with money.
These scenes are not rare during celebrations organised by powerful Chadians. One of our Observers in Chad confirmed that this was a common practice. He noted that during a recent party organised by the president’s brother-in-law, Ousmane Breme, politicians threw vast amounts of money at the singer hired to entertain the guests. Some of them, he said, even threw 200 euro bills, and at the end of the night, the singer reportedly had to collect all the bills in a flour sack.