DR Congo at 50 by Stephan Vanfleteren

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Roger Manono, doctor: 'When I became the hospital director, ministers came and visited me there. Why did I always wear jeans and a T-shirt? I have my doctor's coat. That should be enough. This country is a building site full of mud. Is it really necessary now to wear expensive suits and shiny shoes?  And all those politicians with their 40,000-dollar jeeps. Kabila's first official visit was to this hospital. And his wife came here without a bodyguard, and his son. I became friendly with him, ha! No, I do not need an  umbrella because if you lose it you are left standing in the rain. It can rain here, in buckets! The only real umbrella is the job. This country needs hard workers. That's why I came back here after training in Belgium. Unfortunately, I am well past 20.' .