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It's festive season. This time of year Kenyan beaches are always busy; but not this year.

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Here in Mombasa, there are just a few beachgoers as thousands of regular visitors have avoided the coastal city.

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Abdallah Omar sells bathing suits and he said business was down due to fears over security.

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"For all the years I have been here, this year business has been bad. If I compare it with the last six years business was fairly good. This year I don't think kids will go to school."

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Mombasa has witnessed a wave of violent attacks and killings of suspected terror suspects and clerics.

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In the past year, police have stormed Musa mosque in the rundown neighborhood of Majengo twice-temporarily closing down the mosque and three others.

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Authorities have accused the leaders of some Mombasa mosques of radicalizing young men or recruiting for the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab-which has repeatedly attacked Kenya in the past several years.

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Police here said there has been an uptick in attacks on civilians, government workers and moderate clerics by these radicalized young men.

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The security situation has prompted Western countries to issue travel advisories to its citizens.

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Tourism officials estimate at least 4 million in revenue has been lost so far.

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Brian, a German tourist, said he was well aware of the terror warnings but he felt safe.

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"I heard the travel warnings then I called the embassy. They were saying you have to be safe we raised the security and I try not to follow fears in general."

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Alfred Mwenda, a sunglasses vendor, said people tend to confuse Mombasa and the whole coastal region with Lamu-which has seen deadly al-Shabab attacks.

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"Those visitors who come from Nairobi, if they hear Mombasa or Lamu there is death and a terror attack. They see Mombasa like Lamu. Most don't know that Lamu is different from Mombasa."

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Business and hotel owners along the coast hope the New Year will bring a return of calm, and with it, the return of tourists.

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moderate ['mɔdəreit,'mɔdərit]

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adj. 适度的,稳健的,温和的,中等的
v.

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humanity [hju:'mæniti]

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n. 人类,人性,人道,慈爱,(复)人文学科

 
violent ['vaiələnt]

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adj. 暴力的,猛烈的,极端的

 
terror ['terə]

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n. 恐怖,惊骇,令人惧怕或讨厌的人或事物

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accuse [ə'kju:z]

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v. 指责,控告,谴责

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confuse [kən'fju:z]

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vt. 混淆,使困惑,使混乱

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security [si'kju:riti]

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n. 安全,防护措施,保证,抵押,债券,证券

 
tend [tend]

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v. 趋向,易于,照料,护理

 
conifer ['kəunifə]

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n. 针叶树

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festive ['festiv]

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adj. 欢乐的,节日的,喜庆的

 
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