Scenes from Djibouti

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Porter, Keith. "Scenes from Djibouti." ThoughtCo, Jan. 13, 2017, thoughtco.com/scenes-from-djibouti-4123126. Porter, Keith. (2017, January 13). Scenes from Djibouti. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/scenes-from-djibouti-4123126 Porter, Keith. "Scenes from Djibouti." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/scenes-from-djibouti-4123126 (accessed September 20, 2017).
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Map of Africa with Djibouti

Map of Africa with Djibouti
Map of Africa with Djibouti. by About Guide to Geography, Matt Rosenberg

Scenes from Djibouti, Camp Lemonier, and the U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa

I have to admit that for all my world travels and all my interest in geography and foreign affairs, I still had to pull out an atlas when I started hearing about the interesting things happening in Djibouti.

In early 2007, I traveled to Djibouti to report for public radio documentary project sponsored by the Stanley Foundation (full disclosure: my employer) and KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. With me were co-producer Kristin McHugh from the foundation and correspondent Malcolm Brown from Feature Story News.

The story we found is an amazing effort by the U.S. military to use decidedly non-military methods as part of the global war on terror. This gallery contains photos and more details about the investigation.

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Logo from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti

Logo from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti
Logo from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti.

I just visited the headquarters of the U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti. The trip was part of the reporting effort for a public radio documentary, produced by the Stanley Foundation (full disclosure: my employer) and KQED San Francisco.

I was deeply impressed by the people and the mission of CJTF-HOA. Their mission is to fight terrorism with what most people would call basic human kindness.

They want to promote stability in the region by providing humanitarian assistance and kick-starting economic development. The goal is to take away the fertile soil for terrorist recruiting by digging wells, building schools, and providing services (like medical and veterinary care).

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"Downtown" Camp Lemonier

"Downtown" Camp Lemonier - February, 2007. Photo courtesy The Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

The U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) is headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti.

This is the central area of camp, often referred to as "downtown." It includes a couple of shops, a coffee house, and access to an impressive gym and fitness center.

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A Tent Door At Camp Lemonier

Door to a tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti
A Tent Door At Camp Lemonier - February, 2007. Photo courtesy the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

The U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti has a unique mission to prevent conflict using traditional economic and social development tools.

The mission is reflected in this painting on a tent door.

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Sixteen Person Tent

Sixteen person tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa
Sixteen Person Tent - February, 2007. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

The U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) is headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti.

Most of the 1,800 personnel on base live in sixteen person tents like this one. The tents are air conditioned, but offer little privacy for residents. Expansion of the base in 2007 will offer better housing options.

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Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier

Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Horn of Africa
Container Living Units (CLUs) at Camp Lemonier - February, 2007. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

At the U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti, most personnel live in sixteen person tents.

But some lucky base residents, after being on a lengthy waiting list, can move into these Container Living Units referred to as CLUs (pronounced "clues"). The CLUs offer more privacy and isolation from the noisy camp environment.

Nearly all base resident will be in CLUs as Camp Lemonier expands in 2007.

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Keith Porter, Kristin McHugh, and Malcolm Brown Report from Djibouti

Keith Porter, Kristin McHugh, and Malcolm Brown report from Camp Lemonier, Djibouti for the public r
Keith Porter, Kristin McHugh, and Malcolm Brown Report from Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Foundation

Keith Porter, Kristin McHugh, and Malcolm Brown report from Djibouti for the public radio documentary Beyond Fear: America's Role in an Uncertain World.

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Ancient Trail

This ancient trail is used by animals and nomads moving from Ethiopia through Djibouti
Ancient Trail - February, 2007. Photo courtesy the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

This ancient trail is used by animals and nomads moving from Ethiopia through Djibouti. It runs past an oasis which also feeds a water well built and maintained by U.S. military personnel.

The personnel are part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti.

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Donkeys at the Oasis

Donkeys drink at a natural desert oasis in Djibouti
Donkeys at the Oasis - February, 2007. Photo courtesy the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

Donkeys drink at a natural desert oasis in Djibouti. The oasis also feeds a water well built and maintained by U.S. military personnel.

The personnel are part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti.

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Damaged Well in Djibouti

A damaged well in Djibouti slated for repair by a U.S. Army National Guard team
Damaged Well in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

This damaged water well is near a natural desert oasis in Djibouti. The well is built and maintained by U.S. military personnel.

The personnel are part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti.

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Nomads Near a Desert Oasis in Djibouti

Nomads at an oasis in Djibouti
Nomads Near a Desert Oasis in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

These nomads are waiting near a natural desert oasis in Djibouti. The oasis feeds a well built and maintained by U.S. military personnel.

The personnel are part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti.

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Inspecting the Well in Djibouti

U.S. military repairs a water well in Djibouti
Inspecting the Well in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

This damaged water well, built and maintained by U.S. military personnel, in inspected by a member of a North Carolina National Guard unit.

The personnel are part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti.

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Classroom in Djibouti

A classroom at Elementary School #2 in the Tadjoura region of Djibouti.
Classroom in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

This classroom is at Elementary School #2 in the Tadjoura region of Djibouti.

The school benefits from the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the help of military personnel from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti.

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Food From the United States in Djibouti

Bags of food, donated by the United States, in a storeroom at Elementary School #2 near Tadjoura
Food From the United States in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

Elementary School #2 near Tadjoura, Djibouti receives assistance from the U.S. Agency for International Development and from personnel at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier.

These bags of food, donated by the United States, are in a school storeroom.

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School Lunch Room in Djibouti

The lunch room, renovated by the U.S. military, at Elementary School #2 near Tadjoura
School Lunch Room in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy of Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

This lunch room, renovated by the U.S. military, is at Elementary School #2 near Tadjoura, Djibouti.

The U.S. personnel are from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti.

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School Computers in Djibouti

A computer lab for training teachers across the Tadjoura region of Djibouti
School Computers in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

A computer lab for training teachers across the Tadjoura region of Djibouti. The equipment was donated by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Basketball in Djibouti

U.S. military personnel play ball with orphans in Djibouti
Basketball in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

U.S. military volunteers in Djibouti play basketball at an orphanage. The personnel are from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier in the tiny nation of Djibouti.

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English Discussion in Djibouti

English Discussion in Djibouti
English Discussion in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy the Stanley Foundation/Keith Porter

Kristin McHugh and Malcolm Brown (center) record an English Discussion Group in the tiny nation of Djibouti. Military personnel from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier volunteer to take part in the discussion group with locals.

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Market in Downtown Djibouti

Market in Downtown Djibouti
Market in Downtown Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

This market is in downtown Djibouti, the capital city of Djibouti. Djibouti is also home to the U.S. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier.

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Khat in Djibouti

Khat is a widely used drug in Djibouti
Khat in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

Khat is a widely used drug in Djibouti. This photo was taken in the central marketplace in downtown Djibouti.

Djibouti is also home to the U.S. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier.

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Fruit Seller in Djibouti

A fruit seller at Djibouti's main market
Fruit Seller in Djibouti - February, 2007. Photo courtesy of the Stanley Foundation/Kristin McHugh

This fruit seller works in the central marketplace in downtown Djibouti, the capital city of Djibouti.

Djibouti is also home to the U.S. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) headquartered at Camp Lemonier.

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Porter, Keith. "Scenes from Djibouti." ThoughtCo, Jan. 13, 2017, thoughtco.com/scenes-from-djibouti-4123126. Porter, Keith. (2017, January 13). Scenes from Djibouti. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/scenes-from-djibouti-4123126 Porter, Keith. "Scenes from Djibouti." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/scenes-from-djibouti-4123126 (accessed September 20, 2017).