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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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Kenyan yoga boom creates jobs and breaks down barriers

Bernard Gitonga leads his students in Eastleigh during a yoga class. Photograph: Jason Patinkin for the Guardian
Bernard Gitonga leads his students in Eastleigh during a yoga class. Photograph: Jason Patinkin for the Guardian

With ambient music playing in the background, a dedicated group of yogis breathed in unison, concentrating intently on the finer details of the downward dog. Sweat dripped from their faces as the teacher guided them through a series of intricate asanas – body positions – correcting stray limbs and encouraging complete focus. But rather than a plush yoga studio with soft mats and air conditioning, the group of teenagers were working out in the concrete courtyard of a Nairobi orphanage, under the tuition of a dreadlocked instructor, Bernard Gitonga.  Read more…