Meet the Djibouti Public Affairs Team

  Back in June, I told the Embassy’s Audio Visual Technician that I would include an article about him in my blog, since he follows it avidly. I don’t go back on my promises, unless for good reason. With that said, meet the team that has made my time in Djibouti the best it could…

Hitting the Djiboutian Wall

You know when you are a little kid and you received that doll you had been asking for all year? And after about 2 weeks, that doll is old and you are DYING to have the neighbor’s toys because, uhh, they are so much better?    New Doll >    Djibouti       Replace Djibouti…

Ali Addeh

In honor of World Refugee Day, the U.S. Embassy of Djibouti visited one of Djibouti’s three refugee camps last week. Due to Djibouti’s location and ties to foreign governments, it accepts many refugees and those seeking asylum from Yemen, Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, and other locations. Although Djibouti’s economy struggles on its own, they continue…

Tradition, Religion, and Culture: The Plight of Women’s Problems

When I came to Djibouti, I came to study religion’s intersection of policy. But what I forget is the cross-section between religion, tradition, and culture. Tradition predicates action. No matter the amount of education, education is restricted by those who govern it. People learn what others tell them to learn. In essence, tradition continues to…

Snorkeling in Djibouti

  This past weekend, I went on my first excursion in Djibouti. I continue to hear of the colorful coral reefs Djibouti’s coast is decorated with. So, I thought it was my turn to evaluate it. Word of mouth is the best way to go in terms of excursions. I found a really cheap tour group, Dolphin Excursions.…

Salt and Sugar

  One of my goals of interning here in Djibouti is to learn as much as I can about Djiboutians; their domestic issues, politics, way of life, and views on the world. As an intern in the Public Diplomacy section, of the U.S. Embassy, I have more opportunities than other Foreign Service sections to engage…

Djibouti: A Wild Ride

A whirlwind. That is what I would describe this past week. I arrived at 12 am on Sunday morning, May 22nd. This week filled itself with lots of new people, experiences, and goats.   Friday’s are Muslims’ holy day. Therefore in most Muslim countries, Friday is reserved for prayer and relaxation. I work Sunday-Thursday. When…