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Djibouti: The Issa Walaldone clan in Djibouti

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 2 July 2002
Citation / Document Symbol DJI39284.E
Reference 7
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Djibouti: The Issa Walaldone clan in Djibouti, 2 July 2002, DJI39284.E, available at: [accessed 31 May 2016]
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Very little information could be found on the Walaldone among sources consulted by the Research Directorate. According to a representative of the Catholic Immigration Centre in Ottawa, the Issa in Djibouti are divided among two sub-clans, the Dalol and the Abgal (27 June 2002). The Walaldone are a sub-sub-clan belonging to the Dalol sub-clan (ibid.). The representative stated that she was unfamiliar with their current or traditional allegiances, but that there are regular power-struggles among competing sub-clans of the Issa clan for political supremacy (ibid.).

In December 2000, the government in Djibouti was dominated by the Issa clan, in particular president Ismael Omar Guelleh's Mamaasan sub-clan (The Republican 30 Dec. 2000). As of 24 June 2002, Guelleh was still president of Djibouti ( 24 June 2002). No information on the Walaldone's allegiances, relations with the government or other clans, population size or geographical location could be found among sources consulted by 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 24 June 2002. "Kahin Trip Set to Improve Somaliland-Djibouti Relations." [Accessed 28 June 2002]

Catholic Immigration Centre, Ottawa. 27 June 2002. Telephone interview with a representative.

The Republican [Hargeisa]. 30 December 2000. N° 142. "Djibouti – A Safe Heaven [sic] for International Drug Money Laundering." [Accessed 28 June 2002]

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Confidential [London]

Africa Research Bulletin [Oxford, R. U.]

Indian Ocean Newsletter [Paris]

IRB Databases

Jeune Afrique [Paris]

Le Nouvel Afrique-Asie [Paris]

La Lettre du Continent [Paris]

Internet sites, including:

Amnesty International

Association pour le respect des droits de l'homme à Djibouti (ARDHD)

Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM)

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

La Liberté (Djiboutian opposition paper)

Relief Web

World News Connection (WNC)

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