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Old September 5th, 2008, 07:11 PM   #21
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Here is a new batch of pictures from Cédric Kalonji's blog, showing daily life in this mind-blowing African metropolis, soon to pass Paris as the largest francophone city in the world (that should happen towards the end of the 2010s).
The blog: http://www.congoblog.net/

In God we trust to escape Kinshasa. In God we trust to win the US Green Card lottery.
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Sticker in a taxi: "My car is protected by Jesus Christ, the true protector."
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Banana vendor in a street of Kinshasa:
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Mat vendor:
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Broom vendors:
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Lollipop vendor:
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Kinshasa (8 million people) and Brazzaville (1.5 million people) are located just across the Congo River from each other. There is no bridge crossing the Congo River, so traffic between both cities uses taxi boats (known as "taxi pirogues" locally).
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Second-hand electrical and electronic equipment on sale:
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Kinshasa has cybercafés too!
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Motorcycle repair:
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Taxis in Kinshasa are really multi-use:
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Foreign exchange booth in a street of Kinshasa:
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French baguette vendors:
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The University of Kinshasa:
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Obamania has reached even Kinshasa (for Christ's sake!):
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But some people still miss Mobutu:
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Automatic closing door: you fill a five-liter can with water, you hang it with a recycled electric wire, and voila!
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In a taxi again: "Keep silent, the Eternal One shall fight for you."
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Ad for a skin whitening cream. Skin whitening creams are very popular in Africa. Some, if not all, of them actually damage the skin badly.
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Street haircut:
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Street washing:
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Local employees of the UN on strike for better labor contracts:
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Who needs trucks when a simple worn-out car will do?
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An old worn-out car is known as "un tétanos" (literally "a tetanus") in Kinshasa French slang. These people have a lot of humor.

Public transportation in Kinshasa:
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Ah, those good ol' French cars, shipped from Europe, repaired, rebodied, and painted with the colors of the Democratic Republic of Congo:
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Yes, the Mainland Chinese are in Kinshasa too!
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"Miracle healing" center in a suburbs of Kinshasa:
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Happy, after all:
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Ok, I could add many more pictures, but I don't want to make it excessively long. I'll post a new batch of pictures in a few weeks.

To end on a positive note, here are a few pics showing the new Kinshasa that is appearing little by little. Things are slowly improving, and eventually I'm sure Kinshasa will lift itself from utter poverty to the middle tier of third-world cities.

Gulf Arabs are investing in Kinshasa:
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New building built in downtown Kinshasa, maybe by those Arab or Chinese investors, I don't know.
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Kinshasa police has got some new SUVs, but they still have problems with orthography (they forgot the "e" at the end of "surveillance").
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New buses in the streets of Kinshasa:
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Old September 5th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #22
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Interesting
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Old September 5th, 2008, 07:38 PM   #23
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The minibus with the Obama poster was imported secondhand from Japan (or perhaps third- or fourth-hand from Uganda or Kenya, etc.), so the sliding door will be on the left, the wrong side for Congo. You can tell by the mirror on the back window (required in Japan) and the runner for the sliding door on the left-hand side. I wonder how the passengers deal with getting on and off, because they would have to walk onto the road to reach the door.

The new bus, by the way, is a secondhand one from the Netherlands or Belgium. Cuba has bought a lot of used Dutch buses since the 1990s, and I've read that they're considered to be robust and reliable.

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Old September 5th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #24
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Interesting city.

It may be a stupid question, but what are skin whitening creams for? Is it just the reverse of tanning?
If so, that's interesting, that white people always try to get darker and apparently Africans want to get whiter.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 11:30 PM   #25
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Yeah, it's a cream to get a lighter skin. In tropical countries, a lighter skin is usually dearly sought. In India lighter women are much more valued than darker women. An Indian friend of mine from Calcutta who has light skin told me she had lots of suitors when she was young, because of her light skin.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 11:59 PM   #26
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Ad for a skin whitening cream. Skin whitening creams are very popular in Africa. Some, if not all, of them actually damage the skin badly.
I can hardly remember ever seeing anything so sick.
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Old September 6th, 2008, 07:46 AM   #27
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Fascinating thread - thanks for posting!

Re: the skin whitening cream, this is also common in Asia. And of course among Caucasian peoples, we have the opposite - people fry themselves in the sun in oder to get darker. Weird world we live in!
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Old September 6th, 2008, 12:20 PM   #28
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Fascinating thread - thanks for posting!

Re: the skin whitening cream, this is also common in Asia. And of course among Caucasian peoples, we have the opposite - people fry themselves in the sun in oder to get darker. Weird world we live in!
I agree. It has always been my opinion that people that burn their skin to get darker were slightly insane, but now at least I know that it's not just Caucasian people who are insane in this manner.
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Old September 6th, 2008, 01:57 PM   #29
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Kinshasa is pretty wild.
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Old September 6th, 2008, 02:02 PM   #30
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Amazing thread, Brisavoine.

Watcing such rare pics is awesome.

Plz, keep 'em coming!
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Old September 6th, 2008, 04:50 PM   #31
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Nice pics these last ones! I like the baguette vendors heh.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #32
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Lubumbashi DR CONGO's Third largest city.

Population : 1.8 Million.





















Park Hotel






Some art in Lubumbashi.





Raods in Lubumbashi.
















Lubumbashi City council



Lubumbashi RailRaod


Lubumbashi Train station



Lubumbashi Hall of Justice







Rayal Dutch Shell , The Mother of all Gas Stations ( You can't beat her) In Lubumbashi too.




Life in Lubumbashi


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Nice update mate! Kinshasa certainly looks very interesting.
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Lubumbashi's Largest Hotel . Hotel Karavia.























How about Congo's " Katanga Fried Chicken" .


















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Nice update mate! Kinshasa certainly looks very interesting.
No mate . It's not Kinshasa , It's congo' Third largest city 1800 km south-east of Kinshasa.

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No mate . It's not Kinshasa , It's congo' Third largest city 1800 lm south-east of Kinshasa.
Oh sorry, I thought it was Kinshasa since this thread is about Kinshasa, my mistake!
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Very nice updates
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Here is the other side of Kinshasa.






Kinshasa ate Night.














A newly built Chinese Kinshasa Hospital " Sino-Congolese freindship"





Downtown Kinshasa "Gombe District"






















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More of Kinshasa



DRC National TV nad Radio Building.







Kinshasa oldest Building.

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