Djibouti

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INFORMATION

Capital: Djibouti City

Government: Dominant-Party Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Ismaïl Omar Guelleh

Economy:

  • Based on service activities connected with the country’s strategic location and status as a free trade zone.
  • Provides services as both a transit port for the region and an international transshipment and refueling center.
  • Djibouti has few natural resources and little industry.  Therefore, Djibouti is heavily dependent on foreign assistance to help support its balance of payment and to finance development projects.

Population: 921,804 (2020)

Land Size: 23,200 sq km (8,950 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Somali: 60%
  • Afar: 35%
  • Other: 5% (includes French, Arab, Ethiopian, and Italian)
Religions:

  • Muslim: 94%
  • Christian: 6%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Arabic (official)
  • Somali
  • Afar

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Feb 12, 2021: Veteran Leader in Paris for Talks On France's Military Base - AllAfrica News: Djibouti
    [RFI] French President Emmanuel Macron met with Djibouti's long-standing leader Ismaël Omar Guelleh in Paris on Friday, with the renegotiation of a military agreement at the top of the agenda. The deal gives France the right to host its biggest foreign military base in the Horn of Africa country.
  • Fri - Feb 12, 2021: KenGen Inks Sh709 Million Geothermal Deal in Djibouti - AllAfrica News: Djibouti
    [Nation] State-owned electricity producer Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has signed a Sh709 million contract to drill three geothermal wells in Djibouti.
  • Wed - Feb 10, 2021: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Scales Up Its Humanitarian Response to Meet Urgent Needs in Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti - AllAfrica News: Djibouti
    [ICRC] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is appealing to donors for 20 million Swiss francs to urgently expand its response to the acute humanitarian needs created by the Tigray crisis in Ethiopia, while the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is appealing for 27 million Swiss francs to support the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society and the Djibouti Red Crescent Society to address other drivers of vulnerability in the region.
  • Thu - Jan 28, 2021: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Scales Up Its Humanitarian Response to Meet Urgent Needs in Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti - AllAfrica News: Djibouti
    [IFRC] Many people have been displaced within Tigray, and almost 60,000 sought refuge in Sudan. Refugees and people displaced within the region suffer from a lack of food and essential services, like water and healthcare. Some healthcare facilities in Tigray were abandoned and looted, while others are running short of supplies and are struggling to cope with the growing demand. Thousands have lost contact with their loved ones.