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We are appalled at the regular human-rights violations in Djibouti. Although it affects nearly a million global citizens in a country with massive geopolitical significance, news from Djibouti gets quickly lost in the international arena.

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Dangerous detention

Once again, dictatorship in Djibouti has imposed a policy of “divide and rule” by interfering in traditional Afar ceremonies.


We have just learned of the arrest of General Okal (an eminent personality) of Mabla and third personality of the sultanate of Rahaita. He has been detained by the national gendarmerie this evening in the district of Obock/Djibouti, although we are not aware of where he has been kept.

The Republican Alliance for Development ARD strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest and demands immediate and unconditional release of this eminent personality of the Migliss.

Below is the picture of Mr. Saleh Mohamed Dini, also known as “Xer Salih”.

09-28-2022 Explore KADER KIDDOS a young Djiboutian blogger venting his frustration at the expenses of an internet connection: “ I’m not able to utilize the 08 connection submarine internet cables passing through Djibouti. Access to internet is a human right; here we have a bad and expensive internet connection despite the 08 internet cable (Djibouti distributes the e-cable to the rest of the region including SOMALILAND and ETHIOPIA).
He writes on Facebook:
“Can we afford to boycott when we are under monopoly?
Can we demonstrate freely when it is prohibited and severely repressed?
What can we do at this point?
We are stronger with the keyboard; we can use this strength to launch a campaign on social networks against the abuse of the dominant position of Djib-Telecom.”
  09-27-2022 Explore

Hawa Youssouf Ali’s lifeless body was found near Heron beach. Omar Youssouf Ali, her oldest brother, during a web radio interview (👉 confirmed that the lifeless body of his sister was discovered near Heron beach, behind the port mosque. She is also the sister of the unjustly detained Lieutenant Fouad Youssouf Ali . According to her brother Omar, Hawa has not shown any signs of life since Friday evening. Her body wasn’t discovered until Sunday. Questions remain about the circumstances surrounding her death.

  09-26-2022 Explore

A commemoration of the victims of the Paris café attacks took place this year in Ottawa (Canada) and Brussels (Belgium) . #CVCP (collective of victims of Café de Paris) held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Djiboutian embassy in Brussels in collaboration with CTD executives and exiled Djiboutian democrats. (Ardoukoba TV, ADAL (Adal Development Advocacy League) and CVCP are among the partners of and

On Thursday, September 27, 1990, at 10:45 p.m., an attack was committed by four men who arrived in a taxi against two cafes in the Place du 27 June in Djibouti. This attack caused the death of a French child and injured a dozen others. Between September 27, 1990, and the beginning of November 1991, several thousand people from the “Gadaboursi” community were kidnapped, imprisoned without trial, savagely tortured, deported and some murdered, without distinction of age, sex or physical or mental health condition. The Djiboutian regime continues to refuse recognition of the victims from the Gadaboursi community. 09-25-2022 Explore

The Republican Alliance for Development (ARD) in collaboration with the CTD, and granted a modest aid for the purchase of school supplies to the victims of Warableh. Gathered in the ARD headquarters of wahle Daba on Friday September 23, 2022, twenty families received10,000 fdj (60 US $) each.  09-23-2022 Explore

Residents of Buldhuqo, a poor quarter in Djibouti-ville, the capital of Djibouti, are suffering from a diarrhea epidemic due to the shutdown of the Doraleh desalination plant. Several water-delivery companies with trucks equipped with cisterns delivered water for consumption. Reports suggest dozens of people were affected, including children.  09-21-2022

Ahmed Mohamed Aman, (the cousin of Captain Omar Ali Hassan) also known by the name Amanda, was the victim of a car accident this Wednesday after – noon at Place Rimbaud. He is a leading figure in Djibouti’s cultural sphere, having composed songs for the “Bandirat” flag. Abus had hit him and injured his guide as they left the BCI bank in the square. The driver of the bus was caught. Amanda was operated on his hip, or a prosthesis was placed on him at the Sudanese military hospital. A call for solidarity has been launched to support artists in need of representation. Accordingly, a musical concert will be organized to raise funds for the artists.
  09-17-2022 According to Abdi Ismail Bouh (in pink shirt) a correspondent from Djibouti, the peaceful activist Abdoulkader Idriss Moussa (in white shirt) was arrested for simply posting his opinion on social media concerning the unemployment and poverty sponsored by the corrupt Djiboutian regime. See here:   09-15-2022 Explore

ADAYRO OUGOUREH, a Djiboutian artist, has been affected by racism and abuse of power by the regime in Djibouti. In solidarity, Omar made a video that reached 169 000 views, while garnering 694 shares and 3 200 comments. Omar called on Djiboutians to stay united in the face of “divide and rule” strategy of the Djiboutian regime.   09-14-2022 Explore

An instance of solidarity (modest financial aid) from ARD/CTD/ and for the Djiboutian artist Ibrahim Mohamed Chehem (also known as “Ibrahim Somali”).
On Sept 10, 2022, an ARD delegation led by its president Adan Mohamed Abdou (also representative of the CTD in Djibouti) went to the bedside of “Ibrahim Somali” at the Paul Faure hospital center where he is hospitalized.
  09-10-2022 Explore

After 3 years of training, 76 unemployed paramedics protest in demand of a job. According to the USAID ( Djibouti has an unemployment rate of nearly 60%.
  09-05-2022 Explore

AAYROTV invited Capt. Omar Ali Hassan (Executive Director of and a founding member of CTD-Djibouti) to discuss geopolitical issues in East Africa and Djibouti. The event garnered 30000 Views, 482 shares , and 1100 comments within a week. See here:   08-18-2022 Explore

Young Djiboutian expatriates protest against the Djiboutian regime in Paris.   08-15-2022

For the 5th time in 7 months, Workers at the Port of Djibouti protest in demand of a work contract for the 5th time in 7 months. These workers have worked on a daily basis for 11 to 13 years without a contract. As they stopped working in demand of their rights, they were detained by the police in Nagad.
08-14-2022 Explore See our earlier reporting on this: [enter link from 30/4]

Omar Mohamed Nour, also known as “Omar Zohra” (in grey sweatshirt) was arrested on August 12, 2022 for expressing his support toward the now detained Minister of Budget, Mr. Abdoulkarim Aden Cher (in orange sweatshirt).According to a source, the regime is planning to execute Omar Zohra in secret.   08-12-2022 Explore [include time stamp 04 minutes 35 seconds to 05minutes 00 only]

The Martyrs’ Day podcast was hosted by Capt. Omar Ali Hassan to mark the one-year anniversary of the massacre against the Afar community. The massacre took place in Warabaleh-PK12-Arhiba-Tadjourah, the latest in a series of oppressive measures dating back to 1977. Guests on the podcast were: 1. President of the FRUD, Mr. MOHAMED KADAMY (Paris) 2. President of the ARD,Mr. ADAN ABDOU (Djibouti) 3. Vice-president of the FPC, Mr. SAMATAR HASSAN (Belgium) 4. A representative of the ARD in FRANCE (Paris). All the four are founding members of CTD-Djibouti and Through, they sent relief (150 dollars’ worth of food per family) for 20 families victimised by the massacre.   08-01-2022 Explore

Djiboutian activist, Arreh Souleiman Aouled Arreh (pictured here after his release), arrested in May 20 has been released in Somaliland after 69 days in detention. Arreh is now free, but the Djiboutian regime has done everything to expatriate and keep him in prison. Since his release, he has not spoken against the regime and continues to live in exile in Somaliland.   07-28-2022 Explore

Chehem Renard, an activist member of ‘’the voice of the voiceless’’, had been reported as missing since July 11. He has now been released after 14 days of arbitrary detention.   07-26-2022

Chehem Renard, an activist member of ‘’the voice of the voiceless’’, is reportedly missing since July 11. According to other Djiboutian activists, he is held under custody by the secret services in retaliation for a video, he posted on Facebook. The video, in which he addresses President Guelleh, calls him replaceable, and cites him regime as a failure, reached around 25000 views in just a couple of hours. This is the latest instance of the regime hard-hitting on peaceful activists who harbor an opposing view.  07-12-2022 Explore

A fire started at around 7:45 AM (local time) in the district of Balballa of Cheik-Moussa — the suburbs of the Djiboutian capital. More than fifteen houses were reportedly destroyed leaving as many families homeless.   07-06-2022

45 years after independence, Djibouti goes thirsty again. The Afar population in Medeho, living just 42km from the main town of Obock, are the latest victim. This is the true story of most Djiboutians and many parts of Djibouti that continue to lack citizens’ rights to basic amenities such as drinking water.   07-03-2022 Explore

On the afternoon of Friday, July 1, 2022, the president of the ARD Mr ADAN ABDOU, on behalf of the CTD and, proceeded to distribute relief to the Afar community in Warableh. The community was recently subject to arson attacks perpetrated by the regime (see our news report from 05-28-2022) . The attacks had left several rooms torched to the ground and the the regime still hasn’t lifted a finger to help or compensate the now-homeless families.  07-01-2022 Explore

At around 11 PM (local time), a fire in the poor neighborhood of ARHIBA in the capital of Djibouti, destroyed more than ten houses leaving many families homeless.   06-30-2022 Explore and Explore

More than 100 homes in Balballa, near Al Rahma hospital, in the suburbs of the Djiboutian capital, were brutally demolished leaving more than a thousand people without a home. They would be the the latest victim of internal displacement after the camp of Sheikh Farah, near the small town of Damerjog, near the border with Somaliland. Such instances of senseless brutality have become the regime’s favorite way of governance.   06-29-2022

At an event to mark the 45th year of independence, the dictatorship in Djibouti unveiled an expensive drone on a parade as a show of might while 43% of the Djiboutian population continue to live below poverty line.   06-27-2022 Explore

The CTD coalition and organized a peaceful demonstration in front of the Djiboutian embassy in Brussels to denounce the tyrannical regime in Djibouti and the arbitrary incarceration of peaceful activists.   06-25-2022 Explore

The CTD coalition held a conference in Belgium to deliberate on the human-rights situation in Djibouti. The oldest opposition leader, founding member of the CTD and the president of the FRUD – Mr Mohamed Kadamy gave an account of how Djibouti lost her independence to the nepotistic regime of Ismail Omar Guelleh over the last 44 years.  06-25-2022

The Guelleh regime continues its raid of torture and massacre among the youth of the Afar community tortures and murders with Said Ali Cheiko from Warabale being the latest victim. Following the death during incarceration of Farah Loubak and Omar Daoud Omar, Cheiko succumbed to death at the hands of his incarcerators on June 20. Held in the infamous Gbode prison, he was transferred to Peltier hospital last night for emergency medical attention and passed away due to lack of care.  06-20-2022 Explore

Kassim Nouh Abar, a journalist with the LVD ( ), was physically assaulted for exercising his right to an opinion against the reigning dictatorship in Djibouti. He suffered at the hands of an agent of the gendarmerie in the city of Ali-Sabieh. 06-19-2022 Explore

Mahamoud Osman Barreh, a father of 7, is asking for help from Djiboutians at home and abroad to alleviate conditions of extreme poverty. Located just 15 kilometers from the capital city of Djibouti, his demonstration at Cheikh Farah showcases the desperate situation most Djiboutians endure in the face of Guelleh’s regime. 06-18-2022 Explore

Lawyer Abdirazak Sabir has now come out saying that there are no valid charges against his client Arreh Souleiman Aouled to justify his continued incarceration at the hands of the Djiboutian authorities. Aouled, who fled Djibouti and currently seeks asylum in Somaliland, had been arrested for merely denouncing corruption and dictatorship in neighboring Djibouti. His lawyer has urged authorities in Somaliland to show restraint and be respectful toward the rights of his client. 06-16-2022 Explore

See our previous article dated 05-20-2022 for details on the arrest of another Djiboutian Citizen in Gabiley Somaliland, Arreh Suleyman Awled Arreh .

Members of the Djiboutian expats and CTD leadership denouncing the massacre of the Afar community in Djibouti protest in front of the European parliament in Brussels. Like the brutal attacks of August 1 and 2 from last year, Afar civilians living in the neighbourhoods of Warabale and Arhiba in the capital city of Djibouti and the Dikhil district have been subjected to deadly assault by the police force. 06-15-2022 Explore

Salary crises across the Djiboutian private sector in Djibouti heave reached an all-time high, as employees of the private security agency « G1S » demand their salary for a second time after first demonstrating on April 14. 06-15-2022 Explore

In a similar instance, employees of the singular ”Radio and Television in Djibouti” demand their salaries which have been withheld for two weeks now. 06-13-2022 Explore

Fahad Yasin Haji Dahir, (aka Mr. Fix It) , former Somali National Security Advisor to the President and Director General of the National Intelligence and Security Agency. accuses the Djiboutian regime of conducting an assassination attempt and explains how it was aborted.  06-11-2022 Explore

The ongoing assault on the Afar community, concentrated on the suburbs of the capital city of Djibouti, has targeted the neighbourhood of Warabale. For the third time since May 27, the neighbourhood has been set on fire, in an attempt to incite communal violence between the Afar and the Issa. It is clear now that President Guelleh is hard-set upon taking the Afar community as collateral as he continues to illegally occupy office. 06-07-2022 Explore

The British parliamentary lobby group, Conservative Friends of Djibouti (CFoD), has once again come down hard on the government of Djibouti for carrying out crimes against humanity. It has called for the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to immediately denounce the Republic of Djibouti as a member state. The group is working closely with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring the perpetrators of the Ali-Sabieh mass killings into justice. According to reports, security agents in the area, under the direction of President Guelleh and the First Lady of Djibouti, have massacred innocent civilians following which the regime has responded with yet another round of crackdowns. As peaceful protesters in Djibouti and around the world continue to demand the right to speech and freedom of expression, reports of targeted attacks against civilians in the regions of Ali-Sabieh, O’bock, and Tadjourah have unleashed fresh waves of terror throughout the country. These attacks, allegedly conducted in association with the Wagner Group, have led the CFoD to call on the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority to surrender all ties with the Wagner Group and the Islamist Revolutionary Guard Corps. 06-07-2022 Explore

Nima Farah Adaweh known as ‘’Nima Dhaqan’’, a young mother employed as an animator at RTD DJIBOUTI was verbally assaulted, intimidated, insulted by her director in front of her co-workers for demanding her rights. According to Dhaqan, she has been a subject of abuse of power at the hands of her boss.  06-06-2022 Explore

Another massacre targeting the Afar community in Djibouti has been unleashed by the Djiboutian law enforcement. Similar to the brutal attacks of August 1 and 2 from last year, Afar civilians living in the neighbourhoods of Warabale and Arhiba in the capital city of Djibouti and the Dikhil district have been subjected to deadly assault by the police force. With the intention of sparking a civil war between the Afar and the Somalis, Djiboutian authorities have systematically targeted and killed innocent civilians from the Afar community while the presence of foreign military bases (of the USA, China and France) has proven ineffective in protecting Djiboutians. 05-28-2022 Explore

The British Parliamentary lobby group, Conservative Friends of Djibouti, has reported the recovery of over 227 million dollars’ worth of assets by Djiboutian authorities. As part of the government’s on-going anti-corruption campaign, financial settlements with private sector agents as well as top government officials and civil servants has led to a transfer of the seized wealth to relatives of President Guelleh. The high-level crackdown has ended with the detention of top government aides at the Gabode prison, while the President’s family — specifically the two children of the First Lady of Djibouti — seem to be at the receiving end of the windfall. On the one hand, this incident testifies to the growing influence of the First Lady of Djibouti, while on the other, it shows how the President’s own family remains the epicentre of everything from greed and corruption to scandal and nepotism. The greatest victim here is local businesses such as the Kamaj Investments Group owned by Houssein Kamaj. Mr. Kamaj, already a subject of racial discrimination at the hands of the authorities, had to let go of more than 1300 local employees as a result.

Questions are asked as to whether the purge is the latest in a series of governmental crackdowns targeting local, independent businesses based on fabricated charges. The Attorney General of Djibouti has also benefited immensely from these targeted attacks as private equity funds derived from proceedings against local business owners have been directly amassed by the AG at the discretion of the President and his wife. The AG is now a multi-millionaire business tycoon in Djibouti having made his fortune from a broken judiciary system.
05-27-2022 Explore

Sources including the national television network in Djibouti – RTD DJIBOUTI – confirm that the former Police Chief and two former Budget Ministers have now been imprisoned in Gabode in connection to a communications leak concerning the President making death threats to the Police Chief against his opponent at the Radde Parti. (We had reported the leak on Jan 26).

Reportedly, the current finance minister of Djibouti, Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh — a common contender for President Guelleh’s throne — is also under investigation on the suspicion of having participated in the leak as well as on corruption charges concerning two of his relatives. 05-26-2022

The British Parliamentary lobby group, Conservative Friends of Djibouti, has warned foreign travellers from visiting territories of the Republic of Djibouti. The warning has been issued to foreign travellers, businessmen, IMF and World Bank representatives as well as NGOs and international charities. Such visitors are typically required to obtain an e-Visa three days in advance from the Djiboutian police and the Immigration Commissioner appointed by the President of the country. On arrival, travellers must undertake another series of visa-related formalities that include a facial ID attachment. Besides using these documents to track and monitor the movement of the foreigners, these are systematically misused by the government for the purpose of carrying out international cyber offences such as hacking and data breaches. In so doing, the government of Djibouti has joined the ranks of countries like China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Belarus, and Afghanistan that are known to abuse identities of foreign travellers for committing criminal conspiracy and fraud. Even international airline carriers, flying to and from Djibouti, have allegedly participated in revealing passenger data to the Djiboutian authorities under intense threat and intimidation. 05-22-2022 Explore

The police in Somaliland arrested Souleiman Aouled Arreh from the district of Gabiley on the night of May 19. Arreh, a Djiboutian activist, is known for posting short videos on Facebook denouncing the Guelleh’s regime in Djibouti. According to sources, the arrest was connected to Arreh’s social media activity. With the worsening human rights situation in Djibouti now afflicting the neighbouring Somaliland, the rights of foreigners like Arreh are in jeopardy, DjiboutianTV reports. 05-20-2022 Explore

Arbitrary arrests continue across Djibouti with the detention of Assoweh Abk, a member of the political opposition movement called Model. This is the latest in a series of blowbacks against peaceful activists by the Djiboutian authorities, DjiboutianTV reports. 05-20-2022 Explore

31-year old Mohamed Osman Robleh was arrested while visiting his brother who had been detained on a misdemeanour charge. The arrest of Mr. Robleh comes at the wake of fresh arrests of peaceful activists protesting against human-rights violations across Djibouti. With rising protests and condemnations at home and abroad, the authorities have fallen back on their usual tactic of threats, detention, and torture, DjiboutianTV reports. For more on this story, see our Facebook page 05-17-2022 Explore

The British Parliamentary lobby group (CFoD – Conservative Friends of Djibouti) have come out in loud support of Mr Cher and other political prisoners in Djibouti while strongly condemning the illegal detention of political opponents and civilians. The involvement of President Guelleh and his family in the matter of Mr. Cher has come to light once again, and questions have been raised about political and judicial authority in the country. The arrest of Mr Cher has attracted wide public attention, and calls for the release of all political prisoners have strengthened. The CFoD has called it a “watershed moment” in the political history of Djibouti as President Guelleh’s illegal and undemocratic regime scramble for wealth and authority in the face of unprecedented public dissent and international humiliation. 05-09-2022 Explore

34-year old Omar Daoud Omar, died in Ethiopia on May 2, 2022, following reports of torture at the hands of of the torture the gendarmerie, the Documentation and Security Service (SDS) and in the prison in Djibouti, the president of FRUD (Front to Restore Unity and Democracy in Djibouti) reports from Brussels.
The report says the assassination of Omar Daoud Omar was planned like that of the Mohamed Ahmed dit Jabha which occurred on August 1, 2017. The assasination has been categorized as a State crime.
If the allegation were proven true, it would imply that Djibouti, which has signed the Convention against Torture and Other Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, is a torturer state.
Historically, President Guelleh’s regime in Djibouti had exacerbated the cycle of torture and repression against the Afar community that began the day after the proclamation of independence.
In 45 years, the Guelleh regime has tortured thousands of people, with several hundred having succumbed to torture.
On December 22, 2021, Farah Louback, an activist was tortured to death by SDS agents. In fact, torture and savage repression have become the trademark of the Guelle regime.
The death of Omar Daoud Omar is the latest victim of the regime. His late father, Daoud Omar, the resistance hero and martyr, had also been tortured.
Omar Daoud Omar, was arrested on January 17, 2021 at his place of work in Tadjourah by the Minister of Defense himself, on the President’s order. He was then subjected to torture on the premises of the gendarmerie and the Documentation and Security Service (SDS), his only crime being the brother of Abdo Omar Daoud, a FRUD leader.
While imprisoned and tortured in Gabode’s infamous cell 12, his health steadily deteriorated. As he became bedridden, he was deprived of medical assistance and on the intervention of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), he was released in January, 2022.
He died in Ethiopia from the after-effects of torture on May 2, 2022.
Others arrested with him in January 2021 because of their ties to FRUD, remain in prison. Among them are:
Abdo Youssouf Ahmed, Abdo Dahelo Abdallah, Hassan Mohamed Robleh,. Ibrahim Ahmed Houssein, Nouho Ali, Hassan Mohamed, Ali Osman Abdallah (whose father was executed by the regime in March 1994 in Terdo).
According to the president of the FRUD, Mohamed Kadamy,
FRUD reiterates its appeal to all international organisations including UN and The European Union for the defense of Human Rights (ICRC, AI, FIDH, OMCT, ACAT, RW, etc.) and the condemnation of human-rights violations in Djibouti.
05-04-2022 Explore

For the 4th time in four months, workers of the DLS/DMP at the Port of Djibouti protest in demand of unpaid dues.
Listen to their message on Youtube and Facebook.

Aerotel, the South African hotel housed in an out of order official plane that belonged to Djibouti, is sold by its dictator Ismail Omar Guelleh, voaafrique reports.
“SAL is the name of the former official plane of the president Ismail Omar Guelleh…this plane will be transformed on a 3-room private hotel…’’
04-30-2022 Explore

The president of the Djiboutian basketball league, Mr Djilani Mohamed, complains about the lack of access to sport facilities. The youth/sport ministry has systematically failed the talented Djiboutian youth who continue to seek asylum abroad. The alarming trend, that has grown in recent years, is indicative of a failing sport policy and possible corruption within the ministry. Incidences of corruption are not specific to the ministry per se, and instead defines President Guelleh’s regime as a whole. 04-29-2022 Explore

Downtrodden veterans speak to President Ismail Omar Guelleh about their abject conditions. Veterans are entitled to a meagre USD 150 every three months despite their service and commitment to the nation. The condition hasn’t improved over 20 years despite pleas and protestations and the daily misery of the veterans continues unabated. 04-28-2022 Explore

The apartment of Fatouma-Awo Ismaïl Omar, daughter of President Ismail Omar Guelleh, was visited upon by police officers from the Central Office for the Suppression of Serious Financial Delinquency (OCRGDF) on March 14, AFP reports.
The search is in connection with an investigation started by the National Finance Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) back in November 2018. The authorities had received a complaint relating to the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissements in the French capital where members of the Guelleh family are known to reside with swathes of illegal amassed wealth.
The historical connection between the two countries continues to this day with France maintaining a strong military presence in Djibouti, a small but strategically significant country in the Horn of Africa.
04-29-2022 Explore

Salary cries across Djibouti surge with employees of ‘’Djibouti Office for the Development of Geothermal Energy’’ now demanding their unpaid dues of 4 months. 04-27-2022 Explore

Just 5 km from HARAMOUS, where the President and his executives relax in their private swimming pools, Djiboutians go thirsty. 04-25-2022 Explore

Houssein Nour Ali and Idleh Aden – high-level Djiboutian Athletes and victims of the Djiboutian Athletics Federation escape during travel to the marathon at Hamburg. They have since sought asylum at an unknown location in Europe. Back on September 3, 2021, 3 players from the national football team had requested asylum in France during transit. 04-24-2022 Explore

The CEO of the cement factory has responded to our post via his Facebook account. He claims that the factory owes its employees 3 – and not 4 months’ – worth of dues. 04-21-2022 Explore

Employees of the cement factory still without pay for 4 months.Employees of the Ali-Sabieh cement plant go without pay for 4 months, reported already on this issue a month ago on march 13,2022
Anarchy ,corruption and Human rights abuses are the daily routine of the Djiboutians held hostage by a violent dictatorship led by Ismail Omar Guelleh since 1999!
04-21-2022 Explore

Leaked confession from the new mayor of the capital city of Djibouti is distressing. In the leaked audio recording, the Mayor recognizes his powerlessness (in not having even been consulted upon before taking on his mayorship). Evidently he was chosen arbitrarily by the President of the ruling party (UMP) among candidates across three districts of the city (BOULAOS, RAS DIKA and BALABALA). Instead of challenging the puppeteer who put him in place, the mayor has instead decided to call for “discipline”! 04-18-2022 Explore

Captain Omar Invited to break the fasting (Iftar) with Scholar Cheikh Sh. Abdirahman Bashir (political figure ) and members of the Djiboutian diaspora in Minnesota.
Together, they called for unity and national cohesion, discussed the strengthening of religious and cultural ties among Djiboutians living abroad and prayed for Djiboutians back home.

Salary crisis continues with the private sector here employees of the security agency « G1S » demanding their salary! 04-14-2022 Explore

DJIBOUTIAN RADIO HOST THREATENED BY THE PPRESIDENT OF DJIBOUTIFathia Moussa Boukao, the host of”radio Boukao” , said on her radio show (BOUKAO GATE she has received death threats from the President Ismail Omar Guelleh (IOG) himself. The President has allegedly requested England for her deportation. The radio station (in exile) has stirred controversy by shedding light on the repressive policies of the President as well as the rampant corruption among Djibouti’s political classes.
The Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh is known to be violent. On January 26, 2022 a press release by the opposition party RADDE concerning the death threat to their president ABDOURAHMAN TX is a testimony: 04-14-2022 Explore

Three senior officials in the budget ministry arrested Following the imprisonment of the budget minister (see article of March 24, 2022), three senior officials in the budget ministry officials were arrested today for their roles in the case of fictitious salaries. The case recently hit the headlines across Djibouti. The ministers are:
1.The director of the Civil Service at the Ministry of Labour, Hassan Ibrahim Osman aka Hassan Petit
2.The director of the Services Department Mohamed Hassan Osman aka Bidji
3.The Deputy Director of Payroll at the Ministry of budget Elmi Abdillahi

Africa intelligence publishes article on how Djibouti became the family business of President Ismail Omar GuellehThe three children of President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh have developed their businesses in the shadow of paternal protection, while benefiting from the leniency of banks and government institutions. Abuse of power,corruption and embezzlement of public funds have culminated into the favourite sport of the dictator’s family.

04-11-2022 Explore

Teachers agitate against six months’ unpaid bonuses

Since the Sunday of April 10, 2022, teachers in the public sector of national education have been demanding payment for their overtime (

They haven’t been paid for six months. Here, many of them are gathered in the enclosure of the Ministry of National Education. This is one in a long line of similar protestations:

👉civil servants and agents of the Ministry of Budget demand a quarter of unpaid bonuses, reports. 03-19-2022

👉Employees of the Ali-Sabieh cement plant go without pay for 3 months, reports. 03-17-2022

👉Workers at the Port of Djibouti protest against unrealistic pay, reports. 03-13-2022

👉Police arrest public-health paramedics, who were demonstrating last week for a raise in salaries and guard bonuses. They have now been thrown into Nagad Administration Prison, La Voix de Djibouti reports. 02-21-2022


Residents protest against impoverishment, thirst and general misery

Residents in the impoverished neighbourhood of Buldhuqo, on the outskirts of Djibouti-ville, the Djiboutian capital, continue their protest against the rising cost of living, and the general misery this has resulted in.


👉Other source

👉In March 19,2022, women from another neighbourhood were seen agitating on the same issue:


One of Djibouti’s major free web radio, The Voice of Djibouti ( interviews’s CEO OMAR ALI HASSAN. The former captain and commander of the rapid intervention battalion disclosed cases of corruption and nepotism within the Djiboutian Army.04-08-2022 Explore

Ferouze Mahamoud Abdillahi, widow and mother of 4 kids shot dead on Tuesday March 29, 2022, by soldiers in the camp of the Ali-Sabieh Inter-Arms Battalion (BIAAS), located in the south-east of the Republic of Djibouti. 03-29-2022 Explore

Supporters of RADDE (a Djiboutian political party opposed to the dictatorship), a new non-violent protest march against soaring food prices took place this., 03-25-2022 Explore

Former budget minister of Djibouti arrested on corruption charges, ‘Djib Realite’ reports. 03-24-2022 Explore

Civil servants and agents of the Ministry of Budget demand a quarter of unpaid bonuses and fines, reports. 03-19-2022

Mothers in Djibouti protest against price rise of essential commodities, reports. 03-19-2022 Explore

Jobless truck drivers protest against job loss, reports. 03-19-2022 Explore

Demonstrations at the Ali-Sabieh cement plant met with force, reports. 03-18-2022

Employees of the Ali-Sabieh cement plant go without pay for 3 months, reports. 03-17-2022 Explore

Workers at the Port of Djibouti protest against unrealistic pay, reports. 03-13-2022 Explore

Workers incarcerated for 24 hrs after a peaceful protest, DjiboutianTV reports. 03-01-2022 Explore

Police arrest public-health paramedics, who were demonstrating last week for a raise in salaries and guard bonuses. They have now been thrown into Nagad Administration Prison, La Voix de Djibouti reports. 02-21-2022 Explore

Coup attempt in Djibouti, My Views on News reports. 02-16-2022 Explore

Djibouti faces a wave of arrests at the wake of an attempted coup, africanews reports. 02-16-2022 See here and here

Statement by the prosecutor of the Republic of Djibouti, RTD reports. 02-16-2022 Explore

The Central Intelligence Agency arranged and paid for the government of Djibouti to acquire Pegasus to assist the American ally in combating terrorism, despite longstanding concerns about human rights abuses there, reports. 01-28-2022 Explore

The Voice of Djibouti published the press release from the RADDE opposition party. 01-26-2022 Explore

A press release by the opposition party RADDE concerning the death threat of their president ABDOURAHMAN TX. 01-26-2022 Explore

Did the President of Djibouti make death threats to his opponent? A short and terse exchange between someone claiming to President Ismail Omar Guelleh and the police-chief Col. 01-26-2022 01-26-2022 Explore

DP World wins another round against Djibouti on Doraleh, Energy Voice reports. 01-24-2022 Explore

Precarious humanitarian situation in the Afar region, Nouvelles de Djibouti reports. 01-04-2022 Explore

IMF staff completes 2021 Article IV Mission to Djibouti, IMF reports. 12-21-2021 Explore

Fear of economic damages in Djibouti, Meridiano 42 reports. 11-15-2021 Explore

Fiddling with football while Djiboutians suffer, Maher Mezahi at New Frame reports. 09-18-2021 Explore

Djibouti Port Company’s termination bid ruled unlawful by the London Court of International Arbitration, Ecofin Agency reports. 06-12-2021 Explore

Guelleh’s re-election spells nothing new for Djibouti, International Policy Digest reports. 04-16-2021 Explore

Special Report on President Guelleh’s fifth-term, by Pangea-Risk. 04-12-2021 Explore

Hopes to oust dictator, TwinCities Pioneer Press reports. 03-27-2021 Explore

Arrest of military pilot sparks protests in Djibouti, Reuters and GardaWorld report. 06-09-2020 Explore

Djibouti should protect jailed pilot’s rights, Human Rights Watch reports. 07-02-2020 Explore

Djibouti emerges as major arms trafficking hub, RFI reports. 09-16-2018 Explore

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