Life in Djibouti is quite simple yet backward. As per 2001 data, about 50% of the people are below poverty line. According to the data of 2004, about 50% of the population is unemployed in Djibouti. The country witnesses occasional cyclones, earthquakes and droughts as natural calamities.
Djibouti follows an Islamic law, French civil law and some traditional practices. Life in Djibouti centers on production of fruits and vegetables. Besides, there are very little natural resources in the country. Only a few industries have made their way into Djibouti. A number of nomadic herders are also found in Djibouti.
Life at Djibouti is under the threat of certain diseases like malaria, bacterial and protozoan diarrhea and typhoid. Yellow fever is a very common health hazard of Djibouti. The birth rate in Djibouti as per 2007 data is 39.07 births per 1,000 people. On the other hand the death rate is about 19.23 people per 1,000 individuals.
Cultural Life in Djibouti
La Nation is the main newspaper that is under the control of the government. For recreation of the people of Djibouti, there is a TV station called RTD that broadcasts programs in languages like Somali, Afar, Arabic and French. This is the only television station of Djibouti. The national radio of Djibouti is another source of entertainment for the Djibouti people. Radiodiffusion runs this national radio. There are various customs and traditions that are typical of the country. There are also many festivals that are celebrated in the country with pomp and glory.