A worker at an emergency cholera treatment centre gets his shoes disinfected in Kinshasa on January 18, 2018. / AFP / JOHN WESSELS
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In Kinshasa, perhaps just one thing beats the cost of living -- and that's the cost of being dead.The morgue, the wake, the burial, catering for mourners and receiving far-flung relatives ... put this lot together, and the bill typically tots up to around $2,500 dollars (2,000 euros).As hundreds of wakes are held every day in the city of some 10 million people, there are rich rewards for venues that are transformed into temporary funeral parlours.Benoit Kulube, a retired government worker, said he had to pay more than $100 to preserve the body of his 17-year-old son, a victim of the cholera outbreak in Kinshasa, made worse by flooding in unsanitary districts.For the poorest families, a nightmarish vicious circle begins -- they need to pay to keep the body in the morgue while trying to raise enough money for the funeral. Transporting the body from the morgue to the funeral parlour and then on to the cemetery can cost anything between $100 and $500 .
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