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Old January 5th, 2009, 02:03 PM   #41
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Kinshasa's "Grand Hotel de Kinshasa"











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Old January 5th, 2009, 02:12 PM   #42
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Kinshasa view from Brazzaville ( Congo Brazzaville).







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Old January 5th, 2009, 05:17 PM   #43
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I'm glad to see more pictures posted in this thread! I was thinking it had died....
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Old January 5th, 2009, 06:38 PM   #44
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Very nice updates...
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Old January 15th, 2009, 10:28 PM   #45
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Old January 16th, 2009, 12:40 AM   #46
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I can hardly remember ever seeing anything so sick.
Perhaps the artificial skin-darkening (tanning) that's so popular in Western Europe and North America? That too can be damaging to the skin. Funny ol' world, ain't it?

Anyway, it's a refreshing thread - keep it up.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 02:19 PM   #47
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Old March 25th, 2009, 02:26 PM   #48
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why do you use the word francophone in your title , Butembo21...considering your strict antipathy that you harbour towards French Belgians/French-speaking world?

So contradictory!

Anyway, just keep adding the pics. Nice to see Kin portrayed here.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 02:48 PM   #49
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why do you use the word francophone in your title , Butembo21...considering your strict antipathy that you harbour towards French Belgians/French-speaking world?

So contradictory!

Anyway, just keep adding the pics. Nice to see Kin portrayed here.
It's not me who opened this thread. It's BRISAVOINE. A Francophone Forumer.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 02:51 PM   #50
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but you are still posting pics into it, don´t you?

anyway, just keep on adding
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Old March 25th, 2009, 02:54 PM   #51
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but you are still posting pics into it, don´t you?

anyway, just keep on adding
Yes i do people requested to see more of of it.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 02:58 PM   #52
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Yes i do people requested to see more of of it.
Well, but you still posted it into the old thread instead of opening a new one with a new title!?

Well, it´s petty stuff but still a bit bewildering to me considering your attitude on General African forum when it comes to Europe-Africa-Europe.

No ill feelings, please..just an observation.
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Old March 25th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #53
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Well, but you still posted it into the old thread instead of opening a new one with a new title!?

Well, it´s petty stuff but still a bit bewildering to me considering your attitude on General African forum when it comes to Europe-Africa-Europe.

No ill feelings, please..just an observation.
I didn't think of opening a new, i just wanted to continue this one.


I used to stay France , Belgium 2 months every summer vacations for 3 years and visited almost all western Euro, plus Russia . I don't have anthing against the people of these nations.
It's just when it gets political i get nuts sometimes about some countries. Just political.
Colonial history especially and the view of some Euro countries toward thr continent can be irritaring sometimes . To my understanding.
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Interesting thread.

I like seeing pictures of this city, but I'd never think of going there.
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Old August 9th, 2009, 02:41 PM   #55
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Things are improving in Kinshasa, little by little. Thanks to Chinese and Arab Gulf money, in a large part.









New hospital:












Of course there is still a long way to go.

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Old August 9th, 2009, 02:43 PM   #56
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A too-good-to-be-true urban island to be built over the marshes of the Congo River. It's called "La Cité du fleuve" ("the River's City"). It would be linked to Kinshasa by three causeways. Personally I remain extremely skeptical about this project. A relatively unknown Zambian company planning to build a mini-Dubai in one of the poorest cities in the world, and making ministers dream with a fancy video... I fear there'll be lots of disapointment on the Congolese side in the end.

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Old October 11th, 2009, 05:03 AM   #57
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Here is a new batch of pictures showing daily life in Kinshasa (now 10 million people and growing). I know you wanted to see more of this mind-boggling city. As always, the pics come from the blog of Cédric Kalonji: http://www.congoblog.net/

This homeowner is protesting against corrupt officials who are trying to force him out of his house. On the gate he wrote in an almost phonetic French: "This lot is not on sale, crooks." Land ownership problems are very frequent in Kinshasa, with homeowners often lacking land titles.
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Kinshasa is frequently subjected to power cuts due to the crumbling electricity network of Lower Congo. In order to cope with this, the ingenious Kinois (inhabitants of Kinshasa) have invented this little brasero which they've named "action rapide" (i.e. "rapid action"). They use it to cook food when there is no power. All you need is some sheet of metal, 4 batteries, a handful of coal, a match, and voilà!
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The making of these "actions rapides" is another example of "article quinze" ("article 15"), i.e. the art of make do with nothing. In my first post at the beginning of this thread I showed other examples of article quinze.
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In Kinshasa everybody makes fun of the crumbling SNEL electricity company of Lower Congo, once the pride of the country with its giant dam on the Congo River. In this caricature, a man comes to complain about power cuts, and the employee of the SNEL answers: "I'm sorry Sir, I can't register your complaint! Even I, I don't have power!"
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"Article quinze" again. When there are power cuts in your district, you can charge your mobile phone in the street for a few francs. Those vendors use diesel generators.
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The main avenue in Kinshasa's business district has been newly paved by the Chinese:
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In Kinshasa, even old people have to practice article quinze. There is no retirement system in Congo, no pensions for old people. This old guy removes garbage from the streets in exchange of a few banknotes (in exchange of the garbage he's carrying in the picture, he'll get 3,000 Congolese francs, i.e. 2.5 euros/3.5 US dollars).
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Unloading bread in the street.
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The Congolese authorities have launched several major projects to renovate Kinshasa with the help of the Chinese. The Kinois are hesitating between hope of improvement and sarcasm at the corruption of officials.
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Still lots of improvements needed. It's mind boggling that the city could grow to 10 million inhabitants in such conditions.
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In Kinshasa, it's unfortunately still like in the fable of Jean de La Fontaine: "La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure." The new authorities have promissed accountability for officials, but the democratic and civilian culture is still very much a work in progress...
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Local handicraft for the rare tourists who venture to Kinshasa:
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The Chinese have invaded Kinshasa. How long before the first ethnic riots?
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Some people have planted corn (maize) in an unbuilt lot in the city, and they have placed red gris-gris (talismans) on sticks to repeal thieves.
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Congolese food in a malewa (little restaurant in the street):
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Préservons la salubrité de nos quartiers ! ("Let's keep our neighborhoods clean"). Courtesy of the European Union.
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No matter the hardships, there is Christmas in Kinshasa too!
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These children are the future of Kinshasa and Congo. As the saying goes: "Tant qu'il y a de la vie, il y a de l'espoir." ("So long as there's life, there's hope")
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Great thread..I was never heard of Kinshasa(what crazy cause is one of the biggest towns in Africa) and could never imagine that is second-largest in the francophone world after Paris. Hope the city develop more and more over the years. As I see the Chineses are investing a lot in the country, i'm asking why, it's just commercial thing or China has some relations in Congo's history as well?

Do you live in Congo brisavoine?

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Old October 11th, 2009, 08:08 AM   #59
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Thanks for the wonderful photos... many of us know so little about Kinshasa!
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Old October 11th, 2009, 11:27 AM   #60
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Bisavoine, I love your sets, very urban and real at the same, not pretentious, but not stereotypical. Good job!!! And I love your comments you give!!!

This thread along with Mexiquebecois (Tijuana) are the best so far to my liking.
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