Africa is at the lower end of internet use, but Facebook connectivity is rapidly
increasing, linking diaspora and local people in mainly urban regions in Africa.
A survey conducted in N’Djaména revealed that 1 in 10 people uses Facebook, which
is an important platform for these connected Chadians to express feelings, write
thoughts, and create networks (i.e., to create a social life). In countries where daily conflict, oppression, insecurity, and mistrust pervade social life, posts and messages engage
with these circumstances in a certain dialogue, which can be understood as an expression
of duress. This article follows three Facebook users from both the diaspora and
N’Djaména, and I position their Facebook expressions and actions in the context of
their personal lives in contemporary Chadian political and connectivity history. Facebook
appears to be an escape route from the reality of duress, and a form of practical
action coupled with political agency.