Located in southern Africa, Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia before its independence was established in 1964. Over the following decades, Zambia was hit with economic woes, prolonged drought, and political corruption. Although relative political stability has been restored, the nation's economic troubles continue. Zambia has a per capita income of only $1,500 and an unemployment rate of 50 percent. Eighty-six percent of the population lives in poverty. This is partly because 85 percent of the workforce is engaged in agriculture, and much of that is in subsistence farming. Only 35 percent of the population is urbanized.

More than 99 percent of Zambians belong to various African groups. Between half and three-quarters are Christian; most of the others are either Muslim or Hindu. Zambians speak a ...

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