China Daily: Is this young Kenyan Chinese descendant?

W020050711362742278685 From The China Daily, via China Economic Net:

Nearly 600 years ago, 20 Chinese sailors swam ashore an island off Kenya’s east coast, having escaped from a shipwreck.

They went on to marry local women and convert to Islam.

Now a 19-year-old girl who claims to be one of their descendants has come to China to study, having been given a scholarship by the Chinese Government.

Mwamaka Sharifu, from Lamu island in Kenya, will begin her studies in September.

She says she is a descendant of sailors travelling with Chinese explorer Zheng He (1371-1435) in the Ming Dynasty.

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