Faces of Lamu

For centuries, Lamu Island was at the very center of the trade map, drawing a steady influx of Arabs and has become a significant center of Swahili culture in Africa. There are no roads on the island, just alleyways and footpaths. Residents move about on foot or by boat, and donkeys are used to transport goods and materials.
In 2010, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia have launched the controversial LAPSSET development project to build a port, oil refinery and rail network near the island, the so called Lamu corridor. Now, local community representatives fear massive environmental impact and the loss of their cultural treasures..

Lamu Island, Kenya

T+L Magazine, N.Y.C., 2010
Photographed in cooperation with Monika Hoefler
Fatima in her bedroom Fatima in her bedroom Village square in Lamu town Village square in Lamu town Cancellor Mohamed Swabir and his family Cancellor Mohamed Swabir and his family Teachers passing by the waterfront Teachers passing by the waterfront Rukia is getting henna-painted by her sister Khadija Rukia is getting henna-painted by her sister Khadija After friday prayer at the main mosque in Lamu town After friday prayer at the main mosque in Lamu town Women Vugo-dancing in the deconsecrated Aga Khan Mosque Women Vugo-dancing in the deconsecrated Aga Khan Mosque   Rukia and Khadija in her bedroom Rukia and Khadija in her bedroom 19-year old Fatima in her family's house 19-year old Fatima in her family's house Fatima in her bedroom with her little niece sleeping Fatima in her bedroom with her little niece sleeping Rukia and Khadija Rukia and Khadija Fatima praying Fatima praying Town square in Lamu-town Town square in Lamu-town Shella Shella Mohammed Mohammed Town square in Lamu-town Town square in Lamu-town Kandi Sagara Swabir, the cancellor's daughter Kandi Sagara Swabir, the cancellor's daughter Lamu town Lamu town Fatima and her sister passing the christ church in Lamu town Fatima and her sister passing the christ church in Lamu town Lamu town Lamu town

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