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Djibouti: Power of a Makaabantu and his relationship with the Djiboutian government

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 March 1999
Citation / Document Symbol DJI31264.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Djibouti: Power of a Makaabantu and his relationship with the Djiboutian government, 1 March 1999, DJI31264.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abc45c.html [accessed 20 December 2014]
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Symbol of the executive and the judicial authorities, a Makaabantu [plural, Makaaban] is, among Afar people, a chief of tribe (Djibouti : une nation en otage 1993, 33-34). The attached reference (in French) defines the power and the role of a Makaabantu in Afar society.

During a 1 March 1999 telephone interview, the author of Djibouti : une nation en otage stated, that Makaaban work in co-operation with the Djiboutian government and remain under its authority. The Djiboutian government recognizes the Makaaban role in their communities and grants to them monthly allowances. However, some Makaaban associated with political opposition activities, especially with the armed faction, the Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy (FRUD), may have, on political grounds, some problems with the Djiboutian authorities.

Corroborating information could not be found among the sources currently available to the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Ali Coubba, author of Djiboutian origin. 1 March 1999. Telephone interview.

_____. 1993. Djibouti: une nation en otage. Paris: L'Harmattan.

Attachment

Ali Coubba. 1993. Djibouti: une nation en otage. Paris: L'Harmattan, p. 33-34.

Additional Sources Consulted

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]. 1995-February 1999.

Electronic sources : Internet, LEXIS/NEXIS, World News Connection (WNC)

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