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: Front pour la Restauration de le l’Unite et la Democratie (FRUD) – Communique (28.05.2022)

Djibouti: A pre-Selected “Election” tomorrow

There are reports of a Municipality and Regional election to be held in Djibouti on the 17th April 2022. This has not been very announced and certainly the results are closely monitored by the President and his entourage. As the results of it could already be printed by the authorities and the state press. Since, the “candidates” and their (s)election has already been prepared. There is no shocker or proof of a level playing-field. That’s why RADDE, ARD and MODEL isn’t participating in the elections, because they know it’s worthless.

Radio Boukao is reporting it like this:

Mascarade of the municipal and regional elections 2022: the “Ila meerayso” RPP version of Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed. The Prime Minister and on the other hand President of the Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP), Mr. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, convened an emergency meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2022 in which the municipal elections were convened or more precisely the people selected by decree by the regime to mask the regional elections and communals that took place on March 11 last (mascade election where RADD, ARD and MODEL parties have been excluded!). Apart from the RPP (in power), the UMP, let’s remind it, understands FRUD, PSD, UPR and PND. The meeting convened by the Prime Minister discussed the election of the Executive Committee for the Municipality of Boulaos in the city of Djibouti” (…) “The list of names concocted by the regime includes party activists in power RPP and this, without any regard or respect for other parties of the UMP coalition.

The lucky “chosen” chosen ones are:

– M. Abdoulkader Imane Aden, resident of District-03, for the post of President of the Municipality of Boulaos;

– M. Ali Adawo Lokita, resident of Arhiba Quarter, for the post of eternal Vice President of the Municipality of Boulaos;

– Ms. Africa Abdillahi Osman, unidentified place of residence, for the post of cashier;

– and finally, Ms. Nima Hassan Idleh, resident of District-06, for the post of Secretary” (Radio Boukao, 15.04.2022).

So, when we hear the results after this (s)Election, expect these names to ring loud. It has been written in stone and was already prepared. The polls and the ballots was just a show. Because, the results and victors already knew in advance. There is just a way of ensuring the puppets and the friendly faces are getting into power.

This is so President Gulleh continues his reign and has his cadres on all government levels. To ensure his rule and no questions asked. In this way he don’t have to worry and his elite continues to eat. Peace.

Djibouti: Statement from the Attorney General of the Republic (06.03.2022)

Djibouti: Ministere de la Justice et des Affaires Penitentiaires Charge des Droits de l’Homme – Communique de Procureur General (06.03.2022)

Opinion: Shabait proves that Eritrea is a staunch Russian ally

This is not shocking, but not only the “no” vote on the Resolution against the Russian Aggression on Ukraine. They are doubling down on their stance, as dropped on piece on defending that. Now they are furthering it and digging deeper. Not like the Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Shabait is making their stance any better. However, they are just showing how they are willing to defend the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It is really magnificent that the text of Shabait starts like this:

These are dangerous times. The anguish and human sufferings inculcated in the war in Ukraine are too familiar that could and should have been avoidable from the outset. More ominously, the world is on a precipice of a colossal disaster; the threat and potential for a major conflagration cannot be downplayed or shrugged off if we stay on this dangerous course” (Shabait – ‘Ukraine As Sacrificial Lamb’, 04.03.2022).

It is like the Eritrean Foreign Affairs is using the propaganda of Russian allies. That is very evident, in the manner of which it says the war could have been avoided and a dangerous course. This is using the will of Ukraine to either join the European Union (EU) or Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). As a sovereign nation, it is the free will of the Ukrainian republic to join whatever multi-national organization, coalition or defence body, which it deems fit. Just like Russia can do the same.

The Shabait is playing on the diplomatic entanglement, which is using NATO as an excuse for the Russian invasion. That is giving no agency of Russia or their Head of State, Vladimir Putin. Putin ordered and sanctioned this war. He had annexed Crimea in 2014 and supported separatist since then in the Donbass region. So, the Russian Federation has already taken territory and interfered on parts of the Ukrainian integrity. For a county like Eritrea to say this was a major disaster that could have been avoided. The Eritrean government and army has gone to war over smaller territories in Djibouti and Ethiopia (Badme). So, the Eritrean government should understand the loss and the pain of Ukraine. Still, the Eritrean government is siding with the bigger-brother. Would Eritrea be fine, if Ethiopia would invade and take bigger parts of Eritrea? I am sure the Asmara government wouldn’t be fine with the interference or support of militias to work against the Eritrean government. Therefore, it is really tragic of Shabait to do this.

This is not a crisis that erupted yesterday. The seeds of the current crisis were planted and have been brewing for the last thirty years by forces of domination and hegemony who craved to establish a unipolar world order. The inevitable corollary of this misguided and perilous policy was the encirclement and “containment” of Russia since it was perceived as the primary obstacle to their objectives. Ukraine is sadly a victim and has been scape-goated in their overarching scheme of “tightening the noose on Russia”. In this perspective, the issue is not a matter of support for Russia or Putin” (Shabait – ‘Ukraine As Sacrificial Lamb’, 04.03.2022).

They are clearly on the side of Russia here. While calling the Ukrainian people a victim for the scapegoating of Russia. That is the definition of defending the invader in the war. They are siding with Moscow and no other statement is needed. The “no” vote is really just representing how Eritrea defends Russian and their invasion. That is evident here and there is no other way to see it. The Eritrean Ministry of Foreign Affairs isn’t worried about the sovereign or the integrity of any nation. This nation can easily defend the Russian and their imperial dreams.

The Eritrean cannot say they are not supporting it directly, but indirectly supporting it. That is how they are trying to twist it, but that doesn’t make it more true.

The ending of the text is really satire here:

A unipolar, or polarized world order, is antithetical to the fundamental pillars of robust multilateralism as well as the lofty aspirations of the majority of the world’s peoples and nations. This is what is at stake in these crucial times” (Shabait – ‘Ukraine As Sacrificial Lamb’, 04.03.2022).

This end is really unique coming from Shabait. A Ministry of Foreign Affairs who usually targets the West and the United States of America (USA). Therefore, the Shabait must be really out of order here. Since, this isn’t the usual business of Eritrea. Neither the ideals it speaks of here. It is more self-centred and that’s why writings like this is insincere.

Eritrea wants to support Russia, but wants a unipolar world order. While they are supporting the nation that is invading a smaller republic. Because, Putin wants to revive the Soviet Union. This should have been acknowledged, but Eritrea wants to be loyal to the allies of Moscow. They don’t want to offend or even say anything that would tarnish that alliance. Peace.

Djibouti: A foiled coup d’etat today – An update 48 hours later

BREAKING: Djiboutiian Police chief Col. Abdullahi Abdi and the former budget minister, Bode Roble, transferred to the notorious Gabode prison – Sources. Col. Farah was heard in a leaked tape saying that the country’s First Lady is more powerful than President Guelleh” (Morad News ,17.02.2022).

Today on the 17th February 2022, there been movement of several of accused of the plotted coup d’etat in Djibouti. That is reported by Morad News. While earlier today there was news of new appointments in the Police Service, as several of police commanders and army commanders are arrested in association with the plot.

So, since 15th February 2022 the government haven’t dropped much information or if any. There been little to none. This has made the opposition and dissident voices to call it a purge, instead of the announced coup plot. That wouldn’t be shocking, as the opposition activists or dissident are taken down by the authorities in Djibouti. Heck, Djibouti activists fleeing for Ethiopia can be forced to return home by Ethiopian authorities. Therefore, there are no safe-haven for asylum.

We can really wonder what’s going down. As the only information that has been dropped within 48 hours is that someone dropped a tape humiliating the President of 23 years. He must have felt mocked by that, but that isn’t a reason to arrest someone or detain several of leaders of the authorities within the Republic. Which now is getting new appointments like the ones that was announced today in the Police Service.

That’s why going forward and with the lack of information. It is hard to know what is going down. The silence and lack of transparency. Only make people speculate and question what is happening. President Guelleh should be more transparent, but that isn’t his way… so don’t expect some massive leaks, unless disgruntled civil servants will show what is really going on. Therefore, the only way we will know is if a whistleblower risks things, but doing that is risking their whole career and livelihood. That’s why I understand why nobody does that.

We just have to wait and see, if there will be any sort of information, which will peak our interests in this coup d’etat saga or purge. Peace.

Djibouti: A foiled coup d’etat today

Djiboutian Military and Police commanders placed under house arrest over “coup plot” – Reports Maj. Gen. Zakaria Sheikh and Col. Abdullahi Abdi are reportedly suspected of planning a coup against President Ismail Omar Guelleh who has been in office since 1999” (Morad News, 15.02.2022).

Sources say that the President ordered certain sect of the army officers be placed under house arrest, while jailing others citing suspicious illegal military activities around the country” (Somali News Network, 15.02.2022).

Ex-Djibouti minister Booda Roble was also placed under house arrest. Government is yet to comment on the matter” (Radio Dalsan, 15.02.2022).

The President of 23 years, Ismail Omar Guelleh who was elected for his 5th Term just a year ago in a questionable election, which the opposition boycotted. Where the regime have controlled everything and used violence against the Afar people of late. While the state has also sponsored the Issa-Somali militia, which has attacked the Ethiopian regions of Afar and Ogaden. Therefore, this regime isn’t unknown with using violence and sponsor conflict for it’s own interests.

President Guelleh who has been in power for over two decades should worry about his “popularity” and his general standing in Djibouti. As he has imposed himself on the republic. That’s why things like these happens, because everyone knows that no election will be free or fair. As it is all controlled by the President and his loyal cadres. This is why someone plotted his demise and they are now arrested.

There will be more news in concern to this. The authorities are silent about the matter, but sooner or later it must address it. We know the same authorities has arrested and silenced it’s critics. Therefore, these who plotted to overthrow Guelleh will now share the same type of room and board as these ones. Peace.

Djibouti: Syndicat des Propietaires des Bus et Mini-Bus S.P.B. & B – Syndicat de Transport en Commun / Corridor Sud-Nord / Djibouti-Ville – Declaration de preavis de 15 jours pour cessation de nos activites (10.02.2022)

 

Drought in the Horn of Africa: New Analyses Flag Mounting Risks, Need to Support Rural Families (11.02.2022)

A drought picture from a previous drought in Somalia (sometime in 2016)

FAO senior officials visit affected areas in the rush to save lives and livelihoods.

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 11, 2022 – An extended, multi-season drought is driving acute food insecurity in the Horn of Africa, with 12 to 14 million people now at risk as crops continue to wither and animals weaken, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners warned today.

Resource-based conflicts are escalating as competition for water and pasturelands increases, and malnutrition rates are rising in affected areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, highlighting the need to sustain the rural livelihoods that underpin peace and food security across the Horn.

At a briefing to international donors in Nairobi, FAO and its partners reported that the food security outlook in the region will be highly dependent on the performance of the upcoming rainy season, with forecasts currently uncertain.

In a worst-case scenario in which the rains completely fail and agricultural-dependent communities do not receive adequate support, the number of highly food insecure people could climb to 15-20 million – with some worst-affected households facing “catastrophic” hunger conditions.

“Drought cycles are intensifying and occurring with greater frequency. Immediate humanitarian action to support farmers and herders is needed now,” said Bechdol, after visiting Kenyan communities where goats and cows are dying from lack of water and pasture. “The international community has a narrow window to prevent a major humanitarian catastrophe here,” she said.

“Alarm bells have already been rung – scaled-up action is needed now,” said Phiri. “FAO carried out anticipatory actions during the latter half of 2021 in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia to mitigate the impacts of drought on over one million rural people and so far a crisis has been mitigated. But much more is needed as the situation deteriorates and as crisis looms,” he said.

A plan to help rural families cope 

Under FAO’s new Horn of Africa Drought Response Plan, $130 million is urgently needed to provide time-critical assistance to highly vulnerable communities in drought-hit regions of the three countries. The plan supports the production of up to 90 million litres of milk and up to 40 000 tonnes of staple food crops in the first part of 2022, putting over one million highly-food insecure people on a safe footing.

For pastoralist families, FAO aims to deliver animal feed and nutritional supplements, provide mobile veterinary health clinics, transport 10 000 litre collapsible water reservoirs to remote areas, and upgrade existing wells to run on solar power.

For farming families, FAO aims to distribute drought-tolerant early-maturing varieties of sorghum, maize, cowpea and other beans and vegetables.

FAO is also carrying out cash transfers and cash-for-work programmes to ensure the most vulnerable can access food.

Additional new analysis published on Thursday from the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) for Somalia, hosted by FAO, shows that in Somalia alone, the number of acutely food insecure people (IPC Phase 3 and 4) is expected to increase from 3.5 to 4.1 million between January and March 2022, if humanitarian assistance is not received on time.

FAO’s Deputy Director-General, Beth Bechdol; Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa, David Phiri; and Director of Emergencies and Resilience, Rein Paulsen have just completed a visit to Kenya to raise awareness on the drought and see FAO’s vital response in action, including in Isiolo and Marsabit counties in the north.

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