Echoes of history

Dr Malombe and village elders from Kaya Muhaka and Kaya Gogoni in Kaya Muhaka. PHOTO/RUPI MANGAT

What you need to know:

  • When the environmental impact assessment was done, one of the recommendations was for the power lines to save this tree in particular and follow the edges of the kaya.
  • In Tanzania, there’s only one tree reported. It’s now listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • The scientists take the coordinates and another tree claims our attention. It is the fragrant Mukilwa shrub, again threatened. The local women fabricate a perfume from it.

Towering coconut trees fan the air, standing stoic among the indigenous trees of the South Coast.

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