The lunch break for the workers of the Bacongo site where the Chinese company WIETC is constructing two storey luxury villas.
They are paid $3.50 a day, but spend $1 for a manioc dish in this restaurant and half a dollar for public transport. They complain that they can be fired for the smallest mistake “the Chinese bosses treat us as slaves.
If we a commit an error they hit us with sticks” says Ansel sitting in the foreground left. Milandou, sitting in the center, has lost his thumb at the circular saw: “the Chinese did not even give me medication. The ones that are seriously injured get fired”.
Congo, Brazzaville, 2007
Ph: Paolo Woods