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KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO - FEBRUARY 11: Weston Mwene Kibambe, a Sapeur (and business man) dresses in his favorite suit at at his tire shop on February 11, 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. Mr. Kibambe owns a small business, a tire repair shop, and he also sells used tires. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)
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