Joyous Africans Take to the Rails, With China’s Help

DJIBOUTI — The 10:24 a.m. train out of Djibouti’s capital drew some of the biggest names in the Horn of Africa last month. Serenaded by a chorus of tribal singers, the crush of African leaders, European diplomats and pop icons climbed the stairs of the newly built train station and merrily jostled their way into the pristine, air-conditioned carriages making their inaugural run.

Fueled by Bribes, Somalia’s Election Seen as Milestone of Corruption

In the bowels of the city, people agree. The slogans on the election billboards — “Justice,” “Peace,” “Development,” “We Are All Brothers” — make them laugh. “The president’s a hyena,” said Mohamed Said Mohamed, a fish seller by the crumbled seashore.