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Glory days gone, Gabon’s only circus fights for survival

By AFP
28 November 2020   |   5:11 pm
The mats are falling apart, the safety ropes have snapped and the acrobatic nets are long gone. Gabon's only circus troupe -- and its only circus school -- is facing ruin. Demand for circus shows was dwindling even before the pandemic hit, a disaster that has cemented the troupe's problems.

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