The Pemba people struggle to belong in the land they call home

A Pemba man stands outside his house. PHOTO| TOM MWIRARIA

What you need to know:

  • They named me Mratitibu Shamame Shamte. My forefathers lived in Madobini, Mombasa.
  • They came in that age in search of tyres .They extracted wires from the tyres to craft fishing equipment.
  • In those days, the Arabs reigned in the Kenyan Coast. We have always known this Coast as home.

The 14th century was a golden age in the East African coast. It was also the age of discovery. The coast was one belt. It stretched from Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mombasa to Malindi. During that period, the Portuguese arrived in the Kenyan Coast.

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