After gaining independence from France in 1977, Djibouti experienced authoritarian rule for several years, followed by a civil war in the early 1990s. After ten years, the internal conflict ended in 2001, and peace was restored. However, a range of social problems persist and affect the population of just under 1 million.
As a seaport, Djibouti earns an income from land-locked countries who wish to use these facilities and transport their goods to or from the sea. Besides this, Djibouti depends upon foreign aid to provide for its people.
Children in Djibouti
With very little rainfall, Djibouti has to import around 90% of its food. Farmers of small plots of land struggle to keep their crops or livestock alive, due to the droughts and shortage of water. This in turn can lead to a lack of food and malnutrition.
It is estimated that about 70% of Djibouti’s population are living in poverty. This situation is becoming worse as food and commodity prices increase. As life in rural areas gets tougher, many are migrating to cities, with an estimated 76% of the population living in urban areas. However, hopes of a better life are often shattered as unemployment remains a chronic problem in cities, at close to 60%.
Djibouti has a young population, with 35% of citizens under the age of 15. In spite of some progress, infant and maternal mortality rates are very high, as well as high levels of malnutrition – especially in rural areas. These tragic numbers are partly due to poor healthcare in Djibouti, with many unable to access even simple medical treatment that could prevent and cure childhood illnesses.
Our work in Djibouti
SOS Children’s Villages has been working in Tadjourah since 2011. To support vulnerable families in the surrounding community, we run family strengthening programmes. These services help families to stay together and for children to grow up in a nurturing home.
When children cannot stay with their own families, we provide them with a new family home in our Children's Village in Tadjourah which opened in 2014. The Village has space for 100 children and 37 already call it home.
SOS Children’s Villages Djibouti
National Coordination Office
Heron, Rue De Mogadisho
P.O. Box 2466