This photogallery of Congolese sapeurs is absolutely fascinating.
Every girl’s crazy about a sharp dressed man.
You want to go to the library right now and check out “In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz”, by Michaela Wrong.
It has only a single chapter about the sapeurs, but that’s fine, because the whole book is awesome. It’s a book about the Congo, all sorts of things about the Congo, wrapped around a spine that’s a biography of the late unlamented Mobutu Sese Seko, dictator of that unfortunate country for thirty-some years.
It’s way way better than this makes it sound. Want to know /why/ those guys exist? Go read this book.
“I read it while sitting in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, which may have increased its impact. But still: good.”
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