Djibouti: Issa-Somali militia attacks Afar people in retaliation for a failed insurgency in Afar region, Ethiopia

05/30/2022: The Djiboutian League for Human Rights (LDDH) lists 18 Afar civilians who were seriously injured during the persecutions that took place on Saturday 05/28/2022 by Issa criminals (Somali ) supported by a tribal police” (Qafar Media, 30.05.2022).

The tragic news of violence, injuries and even deaths in concern to the Afar people within Djibouti is far from new. That has been occurring on a semi-regular basis and been directly supported by the dictatorial government of Djibouti. They have been supporting, training and allowing the rise of the Issa-Somali militia, which has also done operations and missions within Ethiopia in the Afar region. Which has happened of late and caused much damage, though been far from successful or able to take control of the territory.

That’s why the escalation and return of retaliation against them at home. Only shows how vindictive and how vicious the leaders of the Issa-Somali militia is at this point. Heard conflicting reports yesterday, but today it’s verified. That’s why I am posting this with the explanation of it from credible sources.

Here is the best way of telling the gist of it:

In recent weeks, the territorial conflict between Afar and Issas has resumed and is gaining in intensity. Supplied with weapons and logistics by the Djibouti regime, the Somali-Issas have intensified their attacks and incursions into Afar grazing areas in the heart of Afar Regional State” (…) “These conflicts across Djibouti’s borders have been imported into the working-class neighborhoods of the Djiboutian capital, with the blessing of the Djibouti regime, which ensures longevity as long as the national community is and remains fractured. The Djibouti regime encourages a fringe of the Somali-Issa community to wage a blind vendetta against the Afar in Djibouti at every disappointment on the battlefield in Ethiopia” (Les Nouvelles de Djibouti – ‘Afars attacked by Djibouti regime’ 30.05.2022).

In addition to this, the Issa-Somali militia has raided, destroyed and plundered shops owned by Afar people in Djibouti City over the weekend. This in combination with the injuries on the 18 people. In the past they have gone so far to cause fires and burned parts of the city filled with Afar people. Therefore, what we are seeing is coordinated violence in the name of the Issa-Somali militia against the Afar. That shouldn’t shock anyone… but should worry anyone who follows it. As the Issa-Somali militia isn’t acting isolated, but with direct help of the authorities and high-ranking officials.

So, when we read about these things. Now that the leadership of Djibouti is sanctioning it and the Afar people are victims of their ethnicity and nothing else. This shows what sort of rogue state Djibouti is and the only reasons there is no outcry is because of it’s strategic importance to them. The military bases and ports are giving it leeway. That’s why it get away, since these incidents matters less than the importance of the stationed battalions there. Peace.

Djibouti: The Police coordinated their attacks against the Afar civilians

More videos about Djibouti events have been found where we can see :

-Police men taking part in the violences against Afar civilians alongside Issa youth

– Afar victims with gunshot wounds, Police shooting at them

-Police chasing afar civilians in Arhiba with their cars” (Qafar Media, 04.08.2021).

This here is clear indication that the authorities and the police planned the attacks on Afar civilians in Djibouti in the recent days. The numbers of dead is uncertain, as the official dead is 10, but there been use of guns, reckless driving and other measures. Clearly, there could be people who is not accounted for in Djibouti City and in the other towns.

The leaders has already armed the Issa militias and used the police to go after Afar civilians. That shows what they wanted and there was videos of inciting to violence ahead of 1st August 2021. Therefore, this was coordinated. Just like the export and violence within Afar Region in Ethiopia and the villages targeted within the Somali Region (Ogaden). The Djibouti authorities knew what they were doing and using the power vacuum in their favour.

That’s why it’s happening now and the world should be watching. Because, this is the Issa Somali targeting Afar people. That’s happening both in Djibouti, Ogaden and in the Afar Region. Meaning, they are doing it across borders and in a huge spectrum.

When the police can use this force against innocent civilians, as the state and militias deported, destroyed buildings, closed shops and even killed them for who they are. That should be not only condemned but reported. As this might be a spiralling beginning, as the authorities are allowed to do this and they are the law enforcement. Meaning the Afar people has nothing to say. They will be criminalized, if they do or if they don’t. Peace.

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