Tomasia explains: “When I read’s Djibouti I saw that the political situation which is the backdrop of the novel, Somali pirating, is complex and layered. In global poverty, there are profiteers at every level. An economic system that values money over human life sets the stage for this scenario, playing out all over the world as it becomes a wasteland. I turned on Rench’s beat in four hours I wrote a song about it.”
President Ismail Guelleh is the current president of Djibouti and has been in power since his uncle Hassan Abtidone stepped down and made him president .
Guelleh was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. In the late 1960s, Guelleh migrated to Djibouti before finishing high school. He later joined the police, becoming a junior non-commissioned officer.
After Djibouti became independent, he became head of the secret police and chief of the cabinet in the government of Hassan Gouled Aptidon. He received training from the Somali National Security Service and then from the French Secret Service, and was intended to become his uncle's successor.
"The key to Guelleh's success is the skillful way in which he has played the cards in his strong hand", according to PINR. "As the head of Djibouti's security agency under his uncle's regime, Guelleh gained an intimate knowledge of the country's political forces and has used it to practice a politics of divide and rule, supplemented by repression and intimidation when expedient."
Djibouti , officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a country in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
Djibouti, with 865,000 citizens (2009), is one of the least populous countries in Africa. The predominant religion in Djibouti, with a 94% majority, is Muslim, with the remaining six percent claiming Christianity.
In the 1800s, Djibouti, then French Somaliland, was acquired by France through various treaties with Somali sultans. It was declared an independent nation in 1977, and changed its name to the present day Republic of Djibouti. Djibouti joined the United Nations on September 20, 1977.
While Djibouti is an independent state, it maintains deep French relations, and through various military and economic agreements with France, it receives continued security and economic assistance.
Listen to the song above.