Kenya’s remote island of Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is under threat, say activists. Authorities are constructing major projects on the mainland, including a port, an oil pipeline, and transport links. They also hope to build the region’s first coal-fired power plant. While the infrastructure is likely to boost the local economy, some Lamu residents worry the development and a flood of outsiders will affect the local culture and architecture, which some say is already falling apart. Ruud Elmendorp reports from Lamu.
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