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Monday, June 23, 2008

The "Pet" Market in Kinshasa

The top left Polaroid, taken in my office, is of a pet market seller who was forever suspicious of me. He would bring animals by for free treatment, but he would rarely divulge information. The other three photographs were taken by an informant at the exotic animal market, located across from the main train station in downtown Kinshasa.

The upper right Polaroid showed a market seller with a parrot trapper who had arrived from the interior town of Boende. On the lower right, market sellers are handling a chimp that showed signs of severe malnutrition (puffiness around the eyes). The last photograph was of a man who had showed up with a baby red forest pig.

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