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Collector of African handcrafts aims to save his famed house in Kenya
Collector of African handcrafts aims to save his famed house in Kenya

Alan Donovan spent decades crisscrossing Africa, collecting the indigenous art and handcrafts that fill his famous house overlooking Nairobi National Park in Kenya. He is now 74, without children, and the African Heritage House is the closest thing he has to a legacy. In January, he says, three men walked onto his compound. One was a Kenyan government soldier carrying an AK-47. The other two, he learned, represented the China Road and Bridge Corp., which is building a railway from the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa to Nairobi, the capital, as part of China's massive investment on the continent. Donovan says the soldier told him his house stood in the way of the train and would...

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