Tracing the Contours of Empire in Mombasa – III

A three-part article about Mombasa, which explores the city’s history and its various communities and cultural traditions. In doing so the article discusses the importance of pluralism for post-colonial societies. It may be of interest to those who hail from East Africa.

By Arsalan Ali Faheem for The Friday Times Pakistan

Mombasa’s Old Town is packed with people and goods. Every corner is occupied, and there are entire streets where fruit and vegetable hawkers come together to create temporary markets by displaying their wares on the ground. Amongst the markets is a Somali bazaar, managed mainly by Somali women distinguished by their colourful kangas and long lack abayas. Upon entering it, one is thrust into a world of colour, as stall after stall of bright kanga cloth can be found. Many Somalis are refugees that have fled from the long-running conflict in their own country. Their presence in Kenya has not always been without tension.

More at the source: The Friday Times

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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