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On a steamy summer's night, the sounds and smells are of Africa. Hawkers grill meat on fires built inside shopping trolleys.

Others sell corn, which pops on the flames. People jostle and sweat; thick smoke hangs in the air.

West African women — les Reines de Marchand, the Queens of the Market — sell fake designer clothes. Hustlers in sunglasses work the crowds. 

'Burrha! Burrha!,' they shout, holding bags of counterfeit Marlboro cigarettes.

Some voices are from sub-Saharan Africa — Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sudan, Eritrea, Congo, Guinea, Sierra Leone. Afghans shout and joke in Pashtun; others speak in languages I have not heard before.

There are thousands at this open market — haggling, eating and drinking.

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