Gabon's abandoned cultural centre now shelters squatters

Gabon International Centre of Bantu Civilisations

Residents gather to fetch drinking water outside the Ciciba complex in the municipality of Akanda near the Gabonese capital Libreville. The concrete walls are decayed, patched up electric wires hang between the shacks and garbage cans are piling up along a road.

Photo credit: AFP

What you need to know:

  • Along the alleys of the abandoned cultural centre, there are bars, stalls and even churches.
  • Makeshift shanties without running water dot the alleys of the centre.
  • The aim was to promote the culture of the Bantu tribes, present in central and southern Africa.

Libreville

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