Kenya’s World Heritage Town Worries Development Will Dilute Culture

December 09, 2019 03:50 AM
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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.