Life in Zambia’s Lower Class Neighbourhoods
Kitwe is a medium sized city in Northern Zambia’s Copper Belt. With the help of my friend David Ngungu, a local resident and NGO volunteer, I explored some of Kitwe’s less affluent neighbourhoods. While multinational mining corporations like Kansanshi minerals are extracting upwards of a million dollars a day in copper from the earth, the local population sees virtually none of it. This all too common story of African exploitation is exacerbated by a government that is so corrupt, even getting a driver’s license can be impossible to obtain without exorbitant bribes. In some cases, students have been prevented from graduating high school because of test administrators stealing their examination fees.
This would not have been possible without David, whose knowledge of the city and access to transportation were invaluable.