Would someone with physical disabilities have difficulties living in this city?

It really depends on the individual and the disability. Most apartments have elevators. The sidewalks aren't really walkable, but we don't really walk around much. It would take effort, but someone with a disability could identify those places/restaurants/stores that are usable to all and make it work here. - Aug 2019

YES. Kinshasa's infrastructure is not good. There are very few sidewalks, no ramps, and elevators are not common. The embassy itself is far from ADA compliant; there are no elevators and they only recently installed wheelchair ramps and handicapped-accessible bathrooms. - Apr 2019

Yes. - Dec 2017

It can be very difficult to get around here. If your physical difficulties hinder your mobility then I think it could be tough. Most buildings (including the Chancery and JAO) have no elevators and are multiple stories tall. This is not an ADA-compliant post!! - Mar 2017

Yes. The roads are terrible and most buildings are not accessible. Even office buildings rarely have elevators. Popular weekend outings (e.g. visiting the bonobo sanctuary, hiking) are not friendly to those with disabilities. - Jan 2017

I can't even imagine how someone would survive there. - Sep 2016

Yes. The streets/roads are a disaster, there are basically no sidewalks, I've seen two ramps while we've been here - one at the US Embassy and one at the British Embassy. There are people here with physical difficulties, but life is harder for them I guarantee it. - Apr 2016

I would imagine extreme difficulty. The Embassy and housing are not ADA compliant and the city is very difficult to navigate without any physical constraints. There is a very large physically disabled population that crowds the streets in makeshift wheelchairs, crutches, and other crude aids but that doesn't mean it is easy. - Jan 2014

This is not a good city for disabled people. That said, the city is full of polio victims, war and accident victims, and persons with various other disabilities, and they're all managing to get by through some amazing ingenuity. But there are no handicapped spots, ADA compliant facilities, or handicapped washrooms. - Nov 2012

It would be very very difficult. The Embassy is very old and there are no elevators/ramps. Everyday errands are involved and parking is usually on the side of road over bumpy terrain in a crowded area. - Feb 2012

Just getting around would be difficult. - Nov 2011

Too many - Aug 2011

There is no ADA here. Mission buildings and housing are not easily accessible to anyone with special needs, and there are no special considerations. Movement around town or the area can be very difficult. There are no sidewalks, curbs are broken or missing, and streets in a constant state of dis-repair. - Jan 2011

Many, as there really are no sidewalks. - Oct 2010

Bad roads, no sidewalks. Trying to maneuver a wheelchair on the roads would be a nightmare. - Jan 2009

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