People of Kinshasa welcome back their postmen

An employee distributes letters and other mail at a branch of the Congolese Company for Posts and Telecommunications in KinshasaKinshasa (AFP) – “Getting a letter in the post is a first for me, and what’s more at home!” says Odette Tshibambe, a student in her thirties in Kinshasa. After 30 years of turmoil for the postal service in the Democratic Republic of Congo, letter carriers clad in smart canary yellow shirts have finally returned to the streets of the capital. Anifa Kayumba, head of Kinshasa’s vast sorting office, recalls “dark times” during her 33 years on the job when dispirited workers would routinely go without pay.

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