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A Makonde Moment

Photo: PD—US—1900

While I rested in the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam after giving birth to my daughter, a women entered the room with a mop.

I followed her sweeping movements as she sloshed across the floor before I spied her scared face. My eyes were glued to the artistic designs until she noticed my stare. That’s when a great guffaw escaped her mouth to display a mighty smile with no front teeth. Continue reading A Makonde Moment

Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo mosque. Photo courtesy: Adam Jones PhD — Wikimedia Commons

Not far north of Dar es Salaam rested sleepy Bagamoyo, once the capital when the Germans invaded Tanganyika. The town was located where ocean breezes swept over faded buildings. Continue reading Bagamoyo

Zanzibar’s Cloud of Mystery

Photo courtesy: Vincent van Zeijst — Wikimedia Commons

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