Djibouti Afar People

The Afar (Qafár) ethnic group, also known as Danakil, Adali and Odali, live in the Afar region of Ethiopia and northern Djibouti, although some also inhabit the southern point of Eritrea. Afars speaks the Afar language, which is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asian family.
The Afar society has traditionally been organized into independent kingdoms, each ruled by its own Sultan. Among them the Sultanate of Aussa, the Sultanate of Girrifo, the Sultanate of Dawe, the Sultanate of Tadjourah, the Sultanate of Rahaito and the Sultanate of Goobad.
The oldest recorded written mention of the Afar comes from the 13th-century Andalusian writer Ibn Sa'id, who reported that they inhabited the area around the port of Suakin, as far south as Mandeb, near Zeila. They are mentioned in Ethiopian records, first as helping Emperor Amda Seyon in a campaign beyond the Awash River, and more than a century later when they helped Emperor Baeda Maryam when he campaigned against his neighbors, the Dobe'a.

Faces of Djibouti

Djibouti Traditional Clothing

Unlike women in many other Muslim countries, in Djibouti women do not wear veils to reveal their faces and married Afar women wear a black handkerchief. The inhabitants of the city wear Western-style clothing, while those living in rural areas wear loose clothing from the desert inhabitants. The traditional attire of Afar is a garment called asanafil, which consists of a cloth tied around the waist and reaching the calves, with a knot in the right hip for men and in the left for women.
The richest use another piece of cloth, theharayto, hanging from the shoulder. Among Somali nomads in rural areas, men wear a garment similar to that of the Afars film, while women wear a long, brightly colored cloth called aguntina, wrapped around the torso and knotted at the right shoulder.

Flag of Djibouti

The national flag of Djibouti was adopted on June 27, 1977, after the independence of the country from France. The light blue that represents the sky and the sea, as well as the Issa Somalis, the green represents the eternal green of the earth, as well as the Afar people, the white represents the color of peace and the red star represents the unity and the shed of blood for the martyrs of independence. Before the establishment of French Somaliland, the flag of the Sultanate of Tajoura was the only badge used in the territory. The flag of Djibouti was created later in 1972. Adopted in 1977 the national flag was an adaptation of the flag of the Ligue Populaire Africaine pour l'Independence (LPAI), a political party that led Djibouti to gain its independence.

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