Country Profile


About Djibouti


OVERVIEW: Djibouti is mainland Africa’s third smallest nation. It is dominated by two majority Muslim groups, Afar and Somali, and is nearly surrounded by parts of neighboring countries that serve as safe havens for Islamic terrorists. Despite this, Djibouti itself is not dominated by extremists. The capital city hosts many foreigners, and many international aid groups operate out of the country. Even though Islam is the official state religion, the rights of Christians are generally respected, Bibles are legally available and there is no law preventing Muslims from converting. The nation seeks to protect its Muslim identity, and Christian organizations are not allowed to register officially. 

MAJOR RELIGIONS: 98 percent of Djiboutians are Sunni Muslims. 1 percent are Christians. 

PERSECUTOR: Muslim converts to Christ may experience government oppression, but most persecution comes from converts’ family or clan and the local Muslim community. 


The government tries to limit the spread of Christianity and the growth of evangelical churches by prohibiting public meetings and the construction of buildings for Christian activities. The only churches that are allowed to worship openly are French Protestant, Roman Catholic and Ethiopian Orthodox. Foreigners are granted religious freedom, but evangelism and discipleship of new believers are discouraged. Muslims who express an interest in Christ face the risk of persecution from family and friends, and those who convert are isolated, beaten and sometimes killed for abandoning Islam.

ACCESS TO BIBLES: Bibles are available, but owning one in some communities comes with the risk of government harassment or violence at the hands of Muslim family members and the Muslim community.

VOM WORK: VOM supports believers who are persecuted because of their faith.


National Flag [ 국기 ]
지부티 | Djibouti
Population [ 인구 ]
884,017 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity [ 인종 ]
Note: ‘Other’ includes French, Arab, Ethiopian, and Italian
Religion [ 종교 ]
Leader [ 지도자 ]

President Ismail Omar GUELLEH (since 8 May 1999)

Government Type [ 정부형태 ]
Semi-presidential republic
Legal System [ 법적 체제 ]

Mixed legal system based primarily on the French civil code (as it existed in 1997), Islamic religious law (in matters of family law and successions), and customary law

Source [ 자료출처 ]

CIA World Factbook

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