A recent World Bank study indicates that annual economic losses resulting from the April 2004’s flash-floods at wadi Ambouli (Oued d’Ambouli), exceeded DJF 1.8 billion (approximately US$ 11.1 million), caused 230 fatalities and severely affected about 20,000 households. The flash floods caused grave damage to services, roads, bridges, health facilities, and schools.
According to the figures provided by the regime, obviously it doesn’t add-up, for instance, in April 2004 clearly the number of death has been under-reported, the flood-flash had washed up the poor and homeless people, and off-course they are legally segregated from the mainstream population as they are considered an undocumented illegal aliens, and unfortunately these vulnerable people have no way of approaching the authority to tell that their love ones have been unaccounted for.
According to World Food Program (WFP) the most severe was in early 2006, when rains failed completely, and pastoralist families lost many or all of their animals. The series of recurring droughts have stretched to the limit the traditional survival strategies of many pastoralists. Malnutrition rates among children younger than five are already alarming in Djibouti. Thousands of households would run short of food in the coming months, with livestock in some inland areas already showing signs of stress. Yet the Djiboutian government fail to mention a drought in 2006.
Also, WFP has said that a critical shortage of funds has set in motion preparations to cease vital food aid rations to 53,000 people in Djibouti, where malnutrition rates among children under five are well over the international emergency threshold
Djiboutians like any other nationals from around the world have a right to adequate nourishment and to be free from chronic hunger. Starvation is an extreme form of violation of this right and is obviously also a violation of the right to life. According to article 25 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights
1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
If the ruler of Djibouti,Piggy fails to full-fill the fundamental rights his fellow countrymen and women, one wonders what is the use of him claiming “Le pays a encore besoin de moi” ?!
Clearly, after three decades, the regime resorts to the following short term fixes
“Enhance the Division of Meteorology knowledge of meteorological risks, and quality of data access in order to strengthen the Mateo climatic risk analysis. This will be obtained by establishing between 7 and 15 automatic weather stations throughout the seven climatic regions of Djibouti and by providing specialized training to staff”
The current situation in Djibouti is sadly similar to having fire-alarm gadget in your home but no fire-engine to back-up and contain the imminent damage right before your eyes.
Historically, every flash-flood is followed by a drought. So if the regime has ever considered the warfare of its country, a serious proposal of land-rehabilitation would have tabled, such as land management of creating as many dams as possible not only averts sudden death and destruction, but also save as much rain water as possible for long term sustainable development .
This new phenomenon of excess rain in short period and a long dry season in-between could be attributed to the Global-Warming. If the eye of the hurricane storm originated from Djibouti could destroy places on the other side of the globe, similarly the CO2 emission from the industrialized countries has its effect on Horn of African region just like rest of the globe.