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KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - JULY 7: Betty Nginamawu (l), age 14, Esther Yandakwa (c), age 9, share a joke inside a shelter run by Orper, a local NGO on July 7, 2006 in Matonge district in central Kinshasa, Congo, DRC. They are both homeless and work as prostitutes on the streets of Kinshasa. From time to time they sleep in the homeless shelter but they don't like the rules there. They usually smoke cigarettes, marijuana, drinks whiskey and sometimes takes Valium. They charge the clients as little as US$ 1. About 15,000 children are estimated to live on the streets of Kinshasa. Congo, DRC is in ruins after forty years of mismanagement by the corrupt dictator and former president Mobuto Sese Seko. He fled the country in 1997 and a civil war started. The country is planning to hold general elections by July 2006, the first democratic elections in forty years. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)
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