by Lela Goldsmith
This is a sweet story, based in Lamu, Kenya.
Kenya is in East Africa, on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Africa is a continent and a continent is a huge area of land and there are 7 in the world which are Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia, Antarctica. Africa has 54 countries and more than 1.3 billion people live there and there are around 2000 different languages spoken within Africa including English, French, Portuguese, Arabic and Swahili.
Kenya is a country in Africa and a country is an area of land that has its own government, army and territory. Kenya runs through the Equator, which is an invisible line that runs through the middle of the planet and divides the North and South areas of the Earth. The Equator is closer to the sun due to the earth’s tilt so that makes the countries there very hot. The capital of Kenya is Nairobi which is the largest city in Kenya. Kenya has a lot of wildlife like lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes, antelopes and monkeys.
Lamu is an island off the coast of Kenya. It has been inhabited by people for the past 700 years. The people who live there today are mostly Muslim.
Many buildings are old and made of coral and mangrove wood. The streets are narrow. The surrounding ocean is warm and green and beautiful and the sand is soft and white.
There are only two cars on the island – one belongs to the governor and the other is an ambulance.
People travel in Lamu by donkey or by dhow. You heard me! They travel by donkey – either riding them or sitting in carts pulled by them. And What’s a dhow? A dhow is a wooden sailing vessel with a sail and was invented either by the Arabs or the Indians.
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