Stories from the Horn #150
March 22, 2022
If you have read my writing for any time at all, you will know I don’t shy away from talking about sexual harassment.
Over the last month several serious incidents occurred to women I deeply care about.
I sit on the board of an organization here and a fellow board member, a Djiboutian friend, urged me to tell her about what happened. When I did, she was horrified. The very next day she and two other women went to the main police station where the women shared their stories.
The police officers reacted with shock and anger and took immediate action. Over the next few days they posted walking and driving patrols in certain neighborhoods and public transportation was watched closely.
I am quite impressed with their response and it has made a noticeable difference. I am also deeply grateful to my friend who stepped in and insisted on going directly to the top authorities, impossible without her presence.
Being foreign can bring an increased sense of vulnerability but it also brings a profound gratitude for the people who welcome, shelter, look out for, and serve us. I am continually in awe of the wonderful people who have come into my life and who have helped me live well here.
If you are foreign, may you have these kinds of welcoming, helping, sheltering friends. And if you are not foreign, may you provide this kind of welcome to someone who is.
On to the news:
For everyone in Djibouti looking for a lovely cafe atmosphere, check out the new Camel Cafe (great name, right?!) in Heron, on the corner across from Longchamps restaurant.
Djibouti hosted an agricultural fair and it was lovely
The Gravedigger’s Wife film showed in Djibouti and it was excellent. The theater was so crowded people had to sit on the steps.
Djiboutian takes the bronze in Africa Open Judo tournament
Livestock are dying in droves in Somalia, humans are next. Update on the drought.
Eritrea and Ethiopia’s presidents Isaias Afewerki and Abiy Ahmed through the prism of the Ukraine conflict
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