This is a tale of two Djiboutis: one is a beautiful mirage telling a story of growth, development, and prosperity for all. The truth is a stark contrast, rampant with hunger, poverty, joblessness, and disease.
Those who create the facade want us to believe that those in power were elected in a fair and democratic system.
Unfortunately, the true story of Djibouti is one of corruption and authoritarianism amidst protests, criticism, and boycott. For over two decades, President Ismail Omar Guelleh has stayed in power by means of farcical elections. In April 2021, he intends to continue this pattern.
You can help us stop him and reverse the decay of democracy in Djibouti.
Helping the people of Djibouti achieve true freedom through fair, transparent elections doesn’t just help the local population, it sends a message that oppression and authoritarianism no longer have a place on our planet.
A jumble of myths and realities entwine the country of Djibouti. Known for its commercially strategic location on the east African coast and for hosting several foreign military bases, Djibouti is also home to a vastly suffering population who demand justice and equity.
For its strategic geopolitical location and relative stability in a volatile Horn of Africa neighborhood, the Republic of Djibouti located at the mouth of the Red Sea, attracts considerable international economic interests and hosts significant foreign military bases. Yet, the world knows little about the internal Djiboutian crisis categorized by centralization of power, curbing of personal freedom and zero tolerance to dissent and opposition. The veiled face of an autocratic regime that masquerades in Djibouti under the garb of democracy stands to be unmasked with the commitment and dedication of its veterans fighting for the power of the people.
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