AP Pictures: Vibrant retailers enliven Congo’s dark times
Saturday morning in Goma, the lakeside funds of jap Congo is as chaotic as any other day of the 7 days, irrespective of tensions brought about by latest fighting involving M23 rebels and federal government forces north of the metropolis.
Hundreds of taxi-bikes weave by the packed streets of the town on the Rwanda border, as freshly arrived Kenyan soldiers make their way to their compound on the outskirts of the metropolis.
And on the N2 freeway leading north out of city, the lots of vibrant storefronts of hair salons conceal interiors complete of customers, largely girls who are ready to invest their entire working day receiving the best hairstyles, butterfly or tribal braids, even curly hair twists.
If most of the perform is performed by girls, it seems that all the salons, are owned by gentlemen, some as younger as 20 yrs aged.
At a time of tension and financial uncertainty, the bold names and brightly coloured storefronts bring a sense of normalcy to inhabitants who have contended with conflict and normal disasters these as volcanic…