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Posted October 9, 2005
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Photographs by Evelyn Hockstein/Polaris, for The New York Times

Ancient drawings in Kakapel, Kenya, have been defaced by the etching of names.
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Jack Obonyo, on Mfangano Island in Kenya, tries to protect ancestral Abasuba rock art. "If this goes, it means our culture is gone," he said.

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A traditional ladder leads to a wall of rock art painted on MFangano Island.

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A fence was erected to offer the rock art site at Kakapel, Kenya, proctection. But that has not stopped some vandals from slipping under the bars.

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