Under-age kids in DRC turn to moto-taxis for work to survive Covid fallout

Growing number of Congolese children illegally driving motorcycle taxis to help put food on the table

04 March 2021 - 20:16 By Jordan Mayenikini

Congolese teenager Bienvenu dreams of owning a clothing business but spends his days illegally driving a motorbike taxi in busy Kinshasa to support his family during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Navigating traffic and dodging cops in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital, the 16-year-old has been working as an underage moto-taxi driver — the legal minimum age is 18 — since his uncle lost his travel agency job five months ago...

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