N’Djamena — Chad is one of the world’s poorest countries but in its capital, N’Djamena, rents rival those of New York or London at upwards of $2,000 a month for a two-bedroom flat in the city centre.

The dusty city on the edge of the Sahara was ranked the most expensive in Africa and 11th in the world in 2019 by global consulting firm Mercer, which bases its annual index on the average cost of living for employees working abroad...

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