Activities and Answers for Djibouti

Language Arts

  • Look at these images from Djibouti. Describe what you think it would be like to live there. What did you learn from the pictures? (by the way this is a French site and the only website in Djibouti). Answers will vary.
  • How many languages are there in Djibouti? 4 Why do you think French is the national language? French colonial times, it would be hard to decide between the different groups.

Social Studies

  • Visit ArabNet - Djibouti and read about the rise of nationalism and the first elections. Who has been the leader most of the last 20+ years? Hassan Gouled Why do you think people keep reelecting him? Visit Djibouti Atlapedia Online and read the modern history for more information. This could be an interesting discussion. Some possibilities are: he started out with the first inter-ethnic party, they focused on developing the northern region, maybe people feel safe with him, etc.
  • Visit U of Penn Djibouti and look at the country map and this more recent one. What countries border Djibouti? Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea What sea is to the north? Red Sea What is the capital? Djibouti Why do you think the capital is located where it is? An answer related to the sea and it being a busy sea port.
  • Visit ArabNet - Djibouti and read about the capital and the economy. What is the economy dependent on? Describe how. The country's economy depends upon the port of Djibouti, which is linked by rail with Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Do you think that Djibouti and Ethiopia are on good terms? Why? yes, Ethiopia needs the port outlet and Djibouti needs the trade with Ethiopia.


  • Visit Djibouti Atlapedia Online and look at the major cities under geography. What is the population of Djibouti? 450,000 What is the combined population of the other towns? 10,500 Write a statement that compares the population of Djibouti to the other towns. The combined population of the small towns is 2% of the population of Djibouti. Or about 230 Tadjouras could fit in Djibouti.


  • Visit ArabNet - Djibouti and read the overview. What can you pray for? Answers will vary.

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