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Swahili Spectators I | by david schweitzer
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Swahili Spectators I

Shadow lines extend from Mohammed's kofia (traditional Swahili hat) to his face as he waits with his sisters under a noonday equator sun for the start of the popular donkey races organized along the breezy dockside of Lamu Town, a major Swahili settlement on the island of Lamu off Kenya's northern Swahili Coast.

 

The traditional black niqab or viel and long black bui-bui garment with subtle decorative alterations are often worn by young unmarried Swahili women at festivals and public events, sometimes as a fashion statement if not for protection from flirtatious boys.

 

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Taken on November 29, 2008