Djibouti: Somali Groups Watch 'Black Hawk Down' on an Outdoor Movie Screen
Djibouti has a population of about 473,000, divided mainly between the Issa tribe, which is ethnically Somali, and the Afar tribe, a nomadic group linked to Ethiopia. The only cinema in the capital was the recent showing of "Black Hawk Down" on an outdoor screen, a film depicting a battle that claimed 18 American lives in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, in 1993, and may have involved Al-Ittihad, according to intelligence assessments. The Somali immigrants gathered to watch the outdoor movie, with mixed reactions. U.S. intelligence agents said that they are monitoring Djibouti's large Somali immigrant population closely.