Letter from Bankoulé

By / September 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones goes looking for a waterfall in the Djiboutian desert: “I tried to keep my expectations low. I know how little water there is in the desert, how unlikely it is to fall in substantial cascades.”

Ayanleh Souleiman

Dreams of Djiboutian Olympic Glory

By / August 2016

Ayanleh Souleiman is Djibouti’s best hope for an Olympic medal in nearly thirty years. Rachel Pieh Jones interviewed him about his hopes for Rio.

Photograph by Francisco Anzola 1

Tea Time at the TB Clinic

By / June 2016

When, asks writer Rachel Pieh Jones, is it rude for a foreigner to refuse a drink? “My way has always been to say yes, to fried camel hump, rancid butter, syrupy drinks. But am I still foreign? Does time erase the pressure to comply?”

Photograph by Aaron Van Luven

Women Are My Tribe

By / February 2016

Rachel Jones on the gender imbalance in Djibouti’s most popular sport: “The men are playing games while the women are working. To outsiders this can seem inherently sexist.”

Ibrahim holds his American passport and the Yemeni passports of his family.

You Can’t Go Home Again

By / January 2016

Rachel Pieh Jones profiles a Yemeni American struggling to make a life in a new country: “It is so expensive here,” Ibrahim said. “I can’t work. My kids aren’t in school. We don’t speak French. We feel so much stress.”

Photograph by Rachel Pieh Jones

To Find a House, To Make a Home

By / December 2015

In Djibouti, writes Rachel Pieh Jones, the work of dilals, or house finders, is unheralded yet profound: “Home becomes our place of melding the old and new, familiar and foreign, into the shape of our own liking.”