In Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 600 people live in «Les galeries présidentielles», a residential and commercial complex of 27 floors. It was luxurious in the 70’s, but political and economic turmoil have run the country’s infrastructure to the ground, and today the Galeries only stand because they are tirelessly patched up. Right across from Les Galeries is the United Nations’ most important peacekeeping mission. Its employees too have been trying to patch up the country for years with little success.