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Sicomines’ Expat Staff in the DRC Mark China’s National Day With a Patriotic Song Competition

Chinese employees of the Congolese joint venture mining company Sicomines celebrated Saturday's National Day holiday by singing patriotic songs. Image via Africa Yellow and Black.

230 expatriate staff members from the Congolese joint venture mining giant Sicomines gathered over the weekend in the Congolese mining city of Kolwezi to celebrate the Chinese National Day holiday with a patriotic song competition. 15 contestants, most dressed in their work uniforms, belted out their renditions of classic Chinese songs for the competition entitled “Singing the Motherland.”

It doesn’t appear that any of the company’s local Congolese staff were invited to the event.

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