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Hundreds of Truckers Create Informal Nomad Villages While Waiting for Cargo from Chinese Copper Mines in the DRC

Somidez, the Congolese mining unit of the Chinese mining giant China Nonferrous Mining Corporation (CNMC), posted a series of fascinating photos that show the vibrant impromptu communities that form among truckers from across Africa as they wait for days in line to pick up their hauls of copper.

The extended wait times are due to the DR Congo customs procedures and clearance that often require three to five days, and sometimes as long as ten days, to complete.

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