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Spring 2020


The story of the Afar people of Djibouti is plagued by a long history of oppression and marginalism. As Djiboutian society has changed and progressed over the years, the Afar have struggled to maintain their ethnic and cultural identity, as well as set themselves apart from the larger Somali community. This paper outlines the historical, geographical, religious, social, cultural, and societal reasons for the struggles of the Afar people and looks towards how they can retain their unique identity in the midst of it all.


Course: REL 432, World Missions Area Studies (Prof. Jenny Collins)