Sunday, June 03, 2007

About Zambia

Zambia is a country in south central Africa; it’s a little bigger than Texas with a population of about 11 million.

- English is one of eight national languages; the native language spoken in Kitwe is Bemba.

- Although officially a Christian nation, up to half of the population follow Islam, Hinduism, or traditional ethnic religions.

- The primary industries are mining, agriculture, and tourism.

- The average yearly income is $400.

- Life expectancy averages 38 years.

- The unemployment rate is 80%.

- Up to 650,000 orphans live in Zambia; 100,000 of them live on

the streets, many due to death and abandonment from AIDS.

- About 32,000 infants are born HIV-positive each year in Zambia.

- There are 400,000 people in Kitwe.

- Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world is located in the southern part of the country.

- Zambia is second in the world to Uganda with the highest number of children being orphaned due to AIDS. It is estimated that 34 percent of all children under the age of 15 years are orphans. Approximately 80 percent of the population in rural areas lives below the poverty line and more than half of the children are chronically undernourished.

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