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KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - MAY 4: Francine Nyanda, age 14, and Gladys Lutadila, age 14, pick what clothes to wear on May 4, 2006 in Matonge district in central Kinshasa Congo, DRC. The girls are homeless and work as a prostitute together with a few other friends. They live outside next to a polluted river. They have lived on the streets for years and been chased away by their relatives. They have lived from time to time in a homeless shelter for children, but don't like the rules there. They usually smoke cigarettes, marijuana, drink whiskey and sometimes take Valium. They charge 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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