Luanda's Capitalist Revolution...Is A Distant Dream In The Boondocks

It looks like Luanda's version of a Dickensian slum: 30,000 decrepit shacks fanning across a vast, sun-scorched field brimming with thieves, gambling dens, and hungry street children. But it's a vital lifeline for an economy shattered by two decades of civil war. Named after a popular Brazilian soap opera, Roque Santeira claims to be Africa's largest flea market. Unofficial estimates place the bazaar's average monthly turnover at $3 million--a lot of money for a nation whose blue-collar workers typically earn less than $20 a month. "Anything can be bought here," promises one of the market's eight managers. "And what can't be bought can easily be arranged."

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