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KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - FEBRUARY 10: Mamitcho  Khaditoza, a female Sapeur performs outside a hotel with her fellow Sapeurs belonging to a group called Leopards on February 10, 2017 in Kinshasa, DRC. The word Sapeur comes from SAPE, a French acronym for Société des Ambianceurs et Persons Élégants. or Society of Revellers and Elegant People. It also means to dress with “elegance and style". Most of the young Sapeurs are unemployed, poor and live in harsh conditions in Kinshasa, a city of about 10 million people. For many of them being a Sapeur means they can escape their daily struggles and dress like fashionable Europeans. Many hustle to build up their expensive collections. Most Sapeurs could never afford to visit Paris, and usually relatives send or bring clothes back to Kinshasa. Mrs. Khaditoza shows pictures printed in magazines for people on the street. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)
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