Note official being carried on a simple type of sedan chair, centre of photo, facing the camera
Postcard posted 1926, but photo may have been taken well before then
Approximate location of camera: Lat 2°02’00.4″N Long 45°20’37.3″E
On the site of the Jirdeh Hussein Building.
Lat and Long: 2°02’09.1″N 45°20’33.9″E
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Courtesy of Panoramio Google Maps
Location according to Google Maps +10°17’7.02″, +50°14’4.44″
I visited this town in 1991, as part of a “post” civil war needs assessment mission to the north-east of Somalia. It is an oasis in the middle of nowhere. There are two sets of springs, on the top and bottom left, the water from these springs then flows eastwards, to the right. Using a low man made weir some of the water is channeled off to the side to feed an area of date palms, which are off the screen to the right. The Italian fort is situated on the bluff in the middle of the fork, with the town behind it to the left
A colleague and friend of mine from the 1980s. Dr Ahmed Ismael Jama, was born in this town
The word “iskashuban” means “self-pouring” i.e. a waterfall. Perhaps in better times
From “Atlas France”, 1929. Click twice on image to enlarge
I drove to Djibouti from Hargeysa (to the south of this map) in 1983 and 1984. We got the coast somewhere to the east of Zeyla, I think, then crossed the border at Loyada, further NW along the coast. The (french built) Djibouti border post was like something out of the film Beau Geste. On one occasion we drove our 4 wheel drive Toyota inland from Djibouti town ,across very rough tracks, to the shores of Lac Assal, just inland from the head of the Gulf of Tadjoura, seen here. It seems to have less water in it than I was there. Where we stopped there was a hot water spring feeding into the lake,which was incredibly salty. The shoreline and lake floor was covered in salt crystals, some of which were too sharp to stand on.
Posted 11 July 1940, to Pola, Istria (then part of Italy, now Croatia)
Location in Mogadishu, as shown by Google Maps
Estimated location on Google Maps