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Lamu Region in Kenya

  • 06 Jan 2020
  • 2 min read

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Somalia’s Al-Shabaab group has attacked a military base used by the United States of America (USA), and Kenyan forces in Kenya’s coastal Lamu region.

Lamu Region

  • Lamu Island is located on the eastern coast of Kenya.
  • Lamu is one of the oldest and the best-preserved living settlements among the Swahili towns (in Arabic Swahili means "of the coast") on the East African coast.
    • The old town is thus a unique and rare historical living heritage with more than 700 years of continuous settlement.
  • It is built on coral stone and mangrove timber and is characterized by structural forms such as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors.
  • It was one of the most important trade centres in East Africa before other towns such as Zanzibar and Mombasa took over.
  • Lamu represents the Swahili culture, resulting from the interaction between the Bantu, Arabs, Persians, Indians, and Europeans.
  • Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century and has become a significant centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures.
  • It is recognised as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Source: TH

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