[aar] Ali Sabieh region: southwest of regional capital; Arta region: southwest of Ghoubet Kharab; Dikhil, Obock, and Tadjoura regions; Red Sea coast. 162,000 (2005 J. Leclerc). Ethnic population: 306,000 (2014 World Factbook). Status: 5 (Dispersed). Alternate Names: Afaraf, Qafar, Qafar af, ʿAfár af, “Danakil” (pej.). Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Cushitic, East, Saho-Afar. Comments: Called “Danakil” by others, but this is considered offensive. Nomadic. Muslim.
Arabic, Ta’izzi-Adeni Spoken
[fra] 436,000 in Djibouti, all users. L1 users: 17,000 (2005 J. Leclerc). L2 users: 419,000 (2013). Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1992, Constitution, Article 1). Alternate Names: Français. Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Gallo-Romance, Gallo-Rhaetian, Oïl, French. Comments: Non-indigenous.