Anatomy of a death sentence

Ten hours a day picking bananas. Or chopping weeds from a vegetable garden bigger than most villages. Who decided ten hours was the right length of time to work each day? Why not five? Why not eight? Ten is long enough for muscles to tighten into rock. It’s long...

Tailings

… from the shadowland L usaka | “There aren’t any green traffic lights in the Copperbelt.  They’ve all been sold to tourists.” He sneered in the half-light of the noisy Indian restaurant and his eyes rolled. They were slits, scrunched together from years of too...

Top five hell holes | somewhere in Zambia

… number 4 S ome things you push out of your mind and, unfortunately, one of those that is gone is the name of hell hole #4. It’s a small village in Zambia, somewhere south of the capital Lusaka. It’s a dirt-poor agricultural community with a...