How do you protect or defend a place that became your second home when its unique fauna and flora and traditional culture is being threatened by heartless profit-driven companies and world-leading countries. I began this quest to see with my own eyes and try to understand what the effects of a Multi-Billion Port being built on the Lamu Archipelago would mean. How nature and marine life would be affected or even worse, totally destroyed. The ugly face of development. However when I met Odo, patrolling the beach in search of turtles, I knew I could not but tell his story. I realized I had to show the island, how beautiful it is, how precious and how important to preserve and protect that beauty. Rather than focusing on the negative, I decided to take this small story of a beautiful place, of a distinct man, beautiful in his presence and devotion to show the bigger picture of an island on the verge of radical change.
"I never thought I would take care of sea turtles. I didn’t know anything about turtles or marine conservation. I even used to eat them. But now, if I loose one baby turtle, for me it’s a big loss." Odo (beach patroller for Lamcot)