“Where are the Afar people?
Here we are!!! Will we forget Warableh? No we won’t!
Will we forget Arhiba? No we won’t! We have no leader in Djibouti.! We only have Allah!” – Protesters in Tadjourah City on the 2nd August 2021
Yesterday, there was reports that Afar civilians was targeted and their communities was under fire in the capital of Djibouti City. Where the Issa Somali Militia and the Police was involved in the burning of houses, closing shops, hurting civilians and even killing people.
Today, on the second day in the Republic this has sparked outside of Djibouti City. The Police and Issa Somali Militia have gone after peaceful protesters of Afar ethnicity in for instance Randa, Tadjourah and Obock. There been reported that the army have intervened to stop this with violent force.
The government has officially blocked social media and disrupts the internet connection as well through the DjibTel firewalls are blocking VPN. Facebook is totally blocked and Twitter is working without videos.
Because of the authorities blockade and only a few is able to access the internet with VPN. They are the ones showing what his happening and the situation is dire. As Afar civilians are meeting bullets and open discrimination. There been reports of possible deportation of Afar civilians from Djibouti City to elsewhere with buses after yesterday. However, that hasn’t been verified.
Though we do know… that the state is attacking these citizens of Afar communities not only in Djibouti City and in other towns too. We also know that the Issa Somali Militia have attacked the Afar region and in Somali Region (Ogaden) in Ethiopia.
This is all worrying and shows what the state is willing to do. While civilians are losing their lives, getting bruised for life and losing their livelihoods just because of their ethnic background. That shouldn’t be the case anywhere. Therefore, the leadership and authorities of Djibouti has blood on its hands and this is the injustice its serve certain parts of the population. Peace.