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 Omar Guelleh.
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.
According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Djibouti include Independence Day (June 27) and New Year (January 1). 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.