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In Kenya, islanders on heritage site count cost of $25 billion mega-project

Lamu Island on Kenya’s northeast coast was established some 700 years ago as part of a thriving Indian Ocean trade network that eventually stretched to Oman, India, Portugal, and China.

The mixing of those cultures produced the Swahili people and language, as well as an Islamic renaissance of architecture, poetry, and cuisine.

Lamu is regarded as the best preserved Swahili settlement in existence. The history, the remote white beaches, the carved wooden doorways, and the winding alleys, all make it a top Kenya tourist destination.

But change is coming – more drastic than any in Lamu’s history – that could irreversibly transform this ancient place. Read more…

Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

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Somalia, despite improvements, has a long road ahead

AMISOM combat engineers repair a stretch of road to Mogadishu.
AMISOM combat engineers repair a stretch of road to Mogadishu. Photo credit unknown

Nairobi, Kenya —suicide attack at the presidential palace in Mogadishu killed two people Tuesday.  Somalia is being hailed as a success story after twenty years of chaos, but the bombing this week underscores the many challenges remaining.  Read more…