While Lamu Old Town is a worth preserving as a world heritage site, it is small and fast being dwarfed by all sorts of modern commerical activities like new horiible buldings. The general filth surrounding the old town is fast degrading this quaint reminder of yesteryears into a squalor best avoided - no matter how attractive the place may be.
What's more, there is a good chance that a modern port will be built on the flip side of the island and knowing Kenyan authorities and Kenyans (I am also a Kenyan) the site will not be preserved for too long - giving way for money and money making activities which are valued a lot more in this country than preserving one's heritage!
And I dont even want to start on the activities that US Marines bring to this Islamic island when on leave from the US Naval Base not so far away.
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