Johanniter International

Djibouti, August 2003

Djibouti is one of the hottest places on earth with temperatures reaching 54 degrees Celsius. Life for women evolves around water and its arduous collection and many villages are far from the nearest water points.

Communities are remote with little or no access to basic healthcare. The brutal practice of FGM (female circumcision) is deeply entrenched in local culture as women feel without it they will be undesirable to men. Although the Djiboutian government outlawed FGM, operations are still carried out privately. Infection rates are high and the strict penalties imposed by the state on parents who circumcise their daughters mean people are too scared to seek help if operations go wrong.

The recent establishment of women’s groups and educational projects, supported by Johanniter International, is however, bringing about a positive change. The groups provide places where women are encouraged to talk about health issues, never previously discussed in public. Micro credit schemes, and craft cooperatives are helping them generate incomes to help support their families. Rehabilitation of old water sources is also a key part of this project.

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  • A beneficiary of Johanniters health projects in Deble Village, Djibouti. Kate Holt.
  • A beneficiary of Johanniters health projects in Deble Village, Djibouti. Kate Holt.
  • A young girl in a hospital in Djibouti town, supported by Johanniter. Kate Holt.
  • A woman watches over a female relative who is suffering from acute dehydration. Kate Holt.
  • An Afar family who benefit from a water project established by Johanniter in Djibouti. Kate Holt.
  • A woman who suffers from TB in an infectious disease hospital that is supported by Johanniter. Kate Holt.
  • A woman and her baby at a health clinic in Tadjoura, supported by Johanniter. Kate Holt.
  • A young girls who suffers from TB in an infectious disease hospital that is supported by Johanniter. Kate Holt.
  • A member of a women's group that is supported by Johanniter. Kate Holt.
  • An Afar woman and her baby at a health post near Tadjoura, Djiobuti, that is supported by Johanniter. Kate Holt.
  • Two young Afar girls collect water on a donkey from a stream, near Tadjoura. Kate Holt.
  • Water is collected in a goat skin bag at a collection point near Tadjoura. Kate Holt.
  • A young Afar girl at a water collection point that has been rehabilitated by Johanniter. Kate Holt.
  • Bettina Braeunl of Johanniter, Germany, is photographed with the Tadjoura's women's Association. Kate Holt.