DRC officially began our operations in Djibouti in April 2015 in order to respond to the growing refugee situation within the country as well as to the mixed migration flows from the Horn of Africa – particularly from Ethiopia and Somalia. Over the years, Djibouti has been an important transit country for migration with most migrants crossing its territory en route to Yemen and then Saudi Arabia or the Gulf states. Djibouti has one of the highest per capita rates of refugees in the world and the over 100,000 estimated migrants transiting Djibouti annually is over 10% of its population.
DRC has recently been granted implementing partner status by UNHCR in the livelihoods sector, which means that we will be implementing livelihood and protection activities in the existing refugee camps of Ali Addeh and Holl Holl in Djibouti with funding from UNHCR and FAO.
Since the outbreak of violence in Yemen in early 2015, DRC has, with its focus on gender-based violence (GBV) and child protection, been appointed as a leading protection partner in responds to the influx of Yemeni refugees to Djibouti. We also plan to conduct WASH activities in the Markazi refugee camp, specifically within the hygiene promotion, as part of the Yemeni response.