No image available
/ 31 May 2008

Somalia talks resume in Djibouti

Negotiations sponsored by the United Nations and aimed at bringing the Somali government and its main political foes into direct dialogue were due to resume on Saturday in Djibouti. The first round of discussions ended on May 16 and although the rivals did not engage in direct talks, the move was seen as a breakthrough in efforts to end conflict.

No image available
/ 16 May 2008

Somali foes issue joint humanitarian plea

The Somali government and the main political opposition issued a rare joint statement on Friday calling on all sides to allow humanitarian access to the country’s war-torn population. The declaration was distributed by the office of United Nations envoy to Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, who is mediating talks between the rivals.

No image available
/ 11 May 2008

Rare Somalia talks make slow start, UN hopeful

Rare peace talks between Somalia’s interim government and opposition exiles have made a slow start in Djibouti, but a senior United Nations official said he was encouraged both sides had turned up. ”I am more than hopeful. The Somalis who I met today are committed to peace and reconciliation,” the UN envoy to Somalia told reporters in Djibouti late on Saturday.

No image available
/ 7 April 2006

Djibouti president orders probe into boat disaster

Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh has ordered an investigation into the capsize of an apparently overloaded boat carrying religious pilgrims that killed at least 69 people, officials said on Friday. ”The exact circumstances of this tragedy must be known,” Guelleh said in a message of condolence released to the nation after Thursday’s accident.

No image available
/ 12 July 2005

Djibouti’s women fight mutilation

For thousands of years, girls in the area that is now the tiny African country of Djibouti have been subjected to pharaonic circumcision. Djibouti’s health ministry estimates that 98% of all Djiboutian women are circumcised — the highest rate of any country in the world. Now activists are starting to refuse to follow this age-old tradition.