46 YEARS OF JOBLESSNESS PLAGUES THE DISTRICT OF OBOCK
Young Djiboutians in the historic district of Obock not only face unemployment, but they also lack footwear. Obock holds a significant place in Djibouti’s history, being the oldest district France first made contact with before colonization. However, instead of receiving the attention and support it deserves, the district has fallen victim to isolation and neglect, indirectly enforced by the Djiboutian regime. This has resulted in poverty and economic and social blockade.
In an article published on July 03, 2023, we highlighted how the youth of Obock were unjustly imprisoned for demanding employment opportunities. It is disheartening that even after 46 years of independence, the Djiboutian government is unable to provide its youth with running shoes in a region with asphalt temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius.
While the Djiboutian regime seems preoccupied with amassing wealth through theft and embezzlement, the people of Obock continue to suffer due to limited access to resources and opportunities. Their condition calls for urgent action from the Djiboutian leadership. It is crucial that the government prioritizes the welfare of its citizens by providing job opportunities, education, and basic necessities.