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13 Feb 2018 description
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Communiqué de Presse Nº022/2018

L’Union africaine déploie des observateurs de Court Terme dans le cadre des élections législatives du 23 février en

République de Djibouti

Addis-Abéba, 12 février 2018: Le Président de la Commission de l’Union Africaine, Son Excellence Moussa Faki Mahamat, a autorisé le déploiement d’une Mission d’observation de court terme (OCT) dans le cadre des élections législatives du 23 février 2018 en République de Djibouti. Les observateurs arriveront à Djibouti le 15 février et y séjourneront jusqu’au 2 mars 2018.

07 Feb 2018 description
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• 3,811 of children under the age of 5 suffering from SAM were treated, the equivalent of 67% of the planned target.

• 1,546 additional people have access to adequate sanitation, the equivalent of 45% of its annual target.

• 4,000 cases of suspected Acute Watery Diarrhea treated with Oral Rehydration Salts

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

31 Jan 2018 description


  • The WFP Djibouti Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (I-ICSP) for 2018 to 2019 was approved in September 2017, to take effect on 1 January 2018.

  • WFP’s ability to maintain assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and the vulnerable local populations in drought-affected and urban areas continues to be undermined by limited funding.

Operational Updates

30 Jan 2018 description
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Children and families in Djibouti are extremely vulnerable after nearly a decade of drought. Since 2008, rainfall has decreased by half and many cisterns and shallow wells have dried up.

24 Jan 2018 description

“Now our situation is better and I can choose what my family and I eat. Having familiar foods on our plates feels a lot like home.”

January 2018—Djibouti—a small, desert-like country in East Africa—is home to fewer than 1 million people and chronically food insecure. Currently a haven to 27,000 refugees who have fled violence and insecurity in their own countries, the strain on resources is more pronounced as the country struggles to feed everyone in need.

19 Jan 2018 description

Over the past two years, EU humanitarian support has been instrumental to the World Food Programme’s (WFP) work in Djibouti. Every month, WFP ensures 18 500 refugees are given assistance in the form of food and cash. WFP’s Miguel Tomas meets Kalsouma who has been living as a refugee in Djibouti since more than 25 years.

By Miguel Tomas, Strategic Planning Consultant, WFP Djibouti

18 Jan 2018 description
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17 Jan 2018 description


  • Overall, the 2017 rainy seasons in Djibouti performed well, supporting pasture regeneration, increasing water availability and leading to near-average vegetation conditions. While the ongoing October-to-February rains are slightly below average to date, most households are experiencing improved food access due to a seasonal increase in access to milk and other livestock products, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

22 Dec 2017 description

Djibouti – The Ministry of Health of Djibouti in collaboration with IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s office in Djibouti have launched a mobile patrol programme on 12 December 2017 to assist migrants in all five regions of the country.

16 Dec 2017 description

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Adrian Edwards – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 12 décembre 2017 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, se félicite de l’entrée en vigueur de nouvelles lois sur les réfugiés à Djibouti, qui rationalisent les procédures de détermination du statut de réfugié et leur assurent davantage d’opportunités pour leur intégration socio-économique.

15 Dec 2017 description

Filippo Grandi applauds Djibouti for recognizing the need to view camps as villages, calls the country an example to Africa and the world.

By Catherine Wachiaya | 15 December 2017

ALI ADDEH, Djibouti – Crowds of hundreds of excited refugees welcomed the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi as he arrived at the dusty, remote Ali Addeh refugee camp in the desert of southern Djibouti.

The camp, established at the start of the Somalia conflict in 1992, is home to more than 15,000 Somali refugees, many who were born there.

13 Dec 2017 description
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Djibouti, le 13 Décembre 2017 – La Direction de l’Hydraulique Rurale du Ministère de l’Agriculture, de l’Eau, de l’Elevage, de la Pêche et des Ressources Halieutiques, a procédé ce jour à la validation du premier Plan Stratégique de l’Assainissement Individuel à Djibouti, avec l’appui de ses partenaires, dont l’USAID et l’UNICEF.

12 Dec 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the coming into force of new Refugee Laws in Djibouti that streamline refugee status determination procedures and grants more opportunities for their socio-economic integration.

The new laws come into effect as Djibouti’s president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, signed two decrees on Thursday 7 December. The newly introduced laws also facilitate better access to social services like healthcare, education, and employment opportunities.

06 Dec 2017 description

Djibouti est un pays en mutation rapide. La reprise actuelle du développement économique et social offre une fenêtre d’opportunité pour améliorer durablement la vie des enfants et des femmes à Djibouti. Dans ce contexte, l’UNICEF et le Gouvernement de Djibouti entament un nouveau programme de coopération couvrant la période 2018-2022 et s’engagent en collaboration avec les autres partenaires dans l’amélioration de la vie des enfants et des femmes.

06 Dec 2017 description

Djibouti is a country undergoing rapid change. The current upturn in economic and social development offers a window of opportunity to sustainably improve the lives of children and women in Djibouti.

In this context, UNICEF and the Government of Djibouti are embarking on a new programme of cooperation for 2018-2022, and are committed to supporting the Government of Djibouti and other partners in improving children and women’s lives.

06 Dec 2017 description
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DJIBOUTI, le 6 décembre 2017 – Approuvé par le Conseil d’Administration de l’UNICEF au mois de septembre dernier, le nouveau programme de coopération entre le Gouvernement de Djibouti et l’UNICEF couvrant la période 2018-2022 a été officiellement présenté ce jour auprès des différents intervenants et partenaires au niveau national. Fruit d’un travail de collaboration entre le Gouvernement et l’UNICEF, ce nouveau programme attache une attention particulière aux enfants et aux communautés les plus désavantagés et les plus vulnérables.

06 Dec 2017 description
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DJIBOUTI, 6 December 2017 - Approved by the UNICEF Executive Board in last September, the new program of cooperation between the Government of Djibouti and UNICEF covering the period 2018-2022 was presented today to national stakeholders and partners. This new program, which is the result of a collaborative process with the Government, pays special attention to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and communities.

30 Nov 2017 description


  • WFP’s ability to maintain assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and the vulnerable local populations in drought-affected and urban areas continues to be undermined by limited funding.

Operational Updates

15 Nov 2017 description
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Since conflict in Yemen erupted in early 2015, thousands have been fleeing the country for safe haven.
The situation has worsened as Yemenis also suffer disease and famine. Djibouti has welcomed around 38,000 Yemeni refugees, many of whom have moved on to other countries, but those who have stayed, live in the Markazi refugee camp at Obock and in urban areas. As Djibouti struggles to build the capacity to effectively address the steady influx of refugees, it counts on international efforts to effectively respond to the needs of this vulnerable community.

02 Nov 2017 description

NAIROBI, Kenya — UNHCR’s Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation has hailed Djibouti’s undertaking to host the upcoming Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Regional Conference on refugee education.