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Djibouti
    2017-August-8  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

James Baquet

You have to hand it to the tourism people in the East African country of Djibouti. Their slogan, “Djibeauty,” is short, meaningful and hilarious!

The country is located on the protuberance known as the “Horn of Africa,” Eritrea to its north, Ethiopia to its west and south, and Somalia to its southeast. It also borders on the Red Sea and its “gateway,” the Gulf of Aden. At 23,200 square kilometers, it is the eighth-smallest country in Africa.

Like its not-too-distant neighbor the Sudan, which we visited a few weeks ago, it is rich in ancient history. Called the “Land of Punt” by the ancient Egyptians — with whom it traded gold, incense, ivory and wild animals — Djibouti is believed by some Biblical scholars to be the “Land of Put” mentioned in the Book of Genesis (though some place Put in what is now Libya). It is also connected with the Sabeans (land of the famous “Queen of Sheba”) and the Kingdom of Aksum, considered by the Persian Prophet Mani to be one of the third century’s great powers, along with Persia, Rome and China.

In the 19th century, Djibouti fell under French influence until 1977, when it gained independence. After internal strife in the 1990s, a year 2000 truce brought peace to the country. Approximately 94 percent Muslim, it has French and Arabic as its two official languages.

Its location on the shipping lanes of the Gulf of Aden has determined Djibouti’s importance as a refueling and transshipment center. It is also the principal maritime port for nearby Ethiopia.

It was called “Africa’s hottest new travel destination” in 2015 by the U.K. Telegraph, which describes Djibouti as “a jostle of black volcanic rock, flat plains haunted by dust devils and a brilliant-blue coastline bulging out into the Gulf of Aden” and says it is “out of this world.”

More fun facts: Djibouti has 1.16 women for every man, giving it one of the world’s highest female-to-male ratios (only the Northern Mariana Islands, Estonia and the Ukraine have more). And the Djiboutians drink more tea than the British — 3.2 kilograms per person per year compared to the United Kingdom’s 2.06, making them the sixth-largest consumers of tea in the world.

Vocabulary:

Which word above means:

1. very funny

2. material from an elephant’s tusk

3. conflict, discord

4. transferring between ships or vehicles

5. gassing up

6. related to the sea

7. entrance

8. give [someone] credit for

9. place that sticks out

10. peace agreement

 

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