Djibouti. In mid-November, Djibouti hosted a summit under
COMESA, the common market for 21 countries in eastern and
southern Africa. During his 2007 presidency, Djibouti will
try to strengthen the cooperation, said President Ismail
At least 113 people died on April 6 when an overloaded
ferry sank and sank in the Red Sea. The accident was feared
to be one of Djibouti's worst since independence in 1975.
Passengers would attend a Muslim festival. The ferry was on
its way from the capital to Tadjoura, and when all too many
passengers stood on one side of the ship. French and
American military helped to recover the bodies.
In May, the Ministry of Health reported that a
two-year-old girl was affected by bird flu. She began to
exhibit disease symptoms on April 23 and was the first known
case on the Horn of Africa.
CountryAAH, two US naval helicopters, stationed at a base in
Djibouti, crashed during exercise missions in Aden Bay on
February 17. Ten of the twelve aboard were killed.