The history of Djibouti is recorded in the poetry and songs of its
nomadic people going back thousands of years when Djiboutians traded hides and skins for perfume and spices. A “Family Law” enacted in 2002 replaced Sharia. The Government is working to increase recognition of women’s rights and to stop abusive traditional practices including female genital mutilation. The country’s strategic access to the Red Sea ensures steady flow of foreign assistance.
Sorrowful Mysteries: Intentions for Djibouti
1. That people may have access to water and improved sanitation.
2. That jobs may be created for the unemployed.
3. That society may recognize the value of women and accord them the dignity they deserve.
4. That all may have sufficient bread for their daily needs.
5. That piracy in the waters off the Gulf of Aden will be defeated and eliminated.