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Uncertainty and Fear in Zanzibar

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At one time, there were thirteen thousand Indians in Zanzibar who’d been encouraged to immigrate during Arab rule. With the Zanzibar revolution in the 1960s followed by independence, this number dwindled. Continue reading Uncertainty and Fear in Zanzibar

Zanzibar’s Cloud of Mystery

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Stonetown’s narrow streets and carved doors were magical, but its past told another story. With the Arabs came an expansion of the ivory and slave trades. There was a grim reminder in Stonetown Square where slaves were once auctioned. Continue reading Zanzibar’s Cloud of Mystery