It has been hailed as one of the oldest and best preserved ‘Swahili settlements in the world, a site of cultural exchange with European, Persian and Indian Cultures for over 700 years’ through Indian Ocean trade exchanges.
It is Lamu, one of East Africa’s UNESCO heritage sites, an island that might soon take to the books of fairy tales if we don’t take heed. Lamu is now plunged into a political hot plate and is giving away because of the extensive coal industry at play. Shockingly, experts contend that when it comes to Lamu’s case on coal and climate change, two of the biggest threats to World Heritage sites, UNESCO has gone silent. Beyond its cultural heritage, Lamu is known for its coral stone streets, traditional fishing methods and society have been largely unchanged for centuries Read original article here