Thursday, July 4, 2013

A city for everyone: Parakou, Benin

Benin is a country in West Africa. The postcard is sent from Parakou, the largest city in eastern Benin. The word Parakou means ‘a city for everyone’ and is derived from a local tribal word.

Some of the industries that are the foundation of Parakou’s economy are the cotton, textile and peanut oil industries.

Throughout Benin there are many open-air markets where people sell all kinds of goods, fruits and vegetables.


The Zinkaka monkey, a severely endangered endemic species from South Benin.


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