More and more Congolese feel a certain nostalgia to the times of the notorious dictator Mobutu. Rampant poverty, economic exploitation by foreign powers and an unwinnable civil war in the east of the country undermine the popularity of the current president Kabila. The old times with their strong leader that received respect from former colonizing power France and the rest of the Western world pose a certain attraction. ..In preparation for the international summit of Francophone countries on oct 11-14 in Kinshasa, the city is literally cleaned up. Roads, buildings and bridges are feverishly constructed, cleaned up and renovated. Beggars, street vendors and hand carts like these are removed from the central part of the city where international visitors might see them. ..Préparations pour le XIVe Sommet de la Francophonie. Kinshasa, 14 octobre 2012. Rues, ponts et bâtiments sont construit, rénovés et nettoyées.
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