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Ivory Coast twins struggle for a way between superstition and poverty

Cutely clad in matching white robes and skullcaps, five-year-old twins Salim and Mahamadou Cisse step carefully through blocked traffic and pedestrians in Abidjan's teeming Abobo district, holding up a begging bowl. At the roundabout outside city hall in the bustling quarter of Ivory Coast's commercial capital, three other pairs of twins are also begging. Two of the pairs are dressed respectively in pint-sized costumes of the Nigerian national football team and Real Madrid. In Ivory Coast, twins are widely seen as a…