French Somali Coast #81 (1915)

French Somaliland (Côte française des Somalis, literally “French Coast of Somalis” in French or Dhulka Soomaaliyeed ee Faransiiska in Somali) was a French colony in the Horn of Africa on the Gulf of Tadjourna between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. The area has long been occupied by two nomadic groups: the Afars of the north, and the Somali-speaking Issas of the south. Both … Continue reading French Somali Coast #81 (1915)

Djibouti #505 (1979)

Djibouti #505 (1979)

The Republic of Djibouti (République de Djibouti in French, جمهورية جيبوتي in Arabic, Gabuutih Ummuuno in Afar, or Jamhuuriyadda Jabuuti in Somali) is a country located in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden at the east. It was known as … Continue reading Djibouti #505 (1979)

Afars And Issas #319 (1968)

Afars and Issas #319 (1968)

The French overseas territory of Afars and Issas issued stamps under that  name  for just under ten years but had evolved out of the original Territory of Obock and then as Côte Française des Somalis (French Somali Coast) before its renaming in 1967 to Territoire Français des Afars et des Issas.  This was to recognize the two primary clans of people that live in the area.  On … Continue reading Afars and Issas #319 (1968)