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Stone Town under threat


At a function to mark the Zanzibar Stone Town Heritage Conservation Association’s tenth anniversary, Chairperson Mohammed Juma Mugheiry said “Zanzibar Stone Town heritage is currently faced with growing population, increased motorists and redesigning of historic buildings. This puts our heritage at risk.”

He said residents in Stone Town had been failing to observe conservation plans when refurbishing their houses ‘due to lack of knowledge’. One of the initiatives the organisation is focusing on is the restoration of Stone Town’s doors, but the humid sea-air climate and modern stresses mean that there is a great danger of unique wooden structures being lost.

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