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Worshippers at a Zambian Catholic Shrine

Region: Zambia

Topics: Religion

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Zambians, Wary of Taxpayer ID Rule, Opt for Mobile Money Rather Than Banks

Region: Zambia

Topics: EconomyMoney

Zambia’s government and its banks insist the country’s new taxpayer identification numbers aren’t used to collect additional taxes. But the public’s suspicions about this ID requirement have driven many locals to favor digital transactions, now a booming business.

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Problem of Child Sex Abuse in Zambia Worsened by Bail System and Court Delays

Region: Zambia

Topics: Human Rights

Nongovernmental organizations and civil-society groups in Zambia are backing a move to eliminate the possibility of bail for those accused of sex offenses against children. The groups say that bail allows alleged abusers to intimidate their accusers into not showing up in court, to traumatize the children further and to commit more crimes, although those accused of such crimes criticize the practices of police and slow-moving courts in such cases, as well.

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In Zambia, Old Law Ignites New Debate on Marijuana Cultivation

Region: Zambia

Topics: HealthPolitics

In theory, cultivating medicinal marijuana has been legal in Zambia for decades. In practice, the law’s ambiguity and widespread confusion have made legal cultivation impossible.

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Traditional Dancers at Zambian Carnival

Region: Zambia

Topics: Culture

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Its Neighbors Ban the Death Penalty, but Zambia Has 252 – and Counting – on Death Row

Region: Zambia

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Zambia last executed someone in 1997, and neighboring countries have long outlawed capital punishment. Even as courts continue to condemn convicts to death row, many organizations are asking Zambians: Isn’t it time to abolish the death penalty?

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Rwandan Dancers Perform in Zambia

Region: Zambia

Topics: Culture

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Zambian Field Hockey Players Practice

Region: Zambia

Topics: Culture

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A Different Design for Education Cultivates Young Entrepreneurs in Zambia

Region: Zambia

Topics: BusinessEntrepreneurship

An earlier strategy of tailoring education to help students gain white-collar jobs wasn’t working, because there were only so many of those to go around. Since 2014, the government has tried another approach – skills-based learning – in an effort to curb widespread unemployment among the youth.

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To Improve Literacy Rates, Schools in Zambia Turn Away From Teaching in English

Region: Zambia

Topics: Education

Five years ago, primary schools broadened teaching in the local languages that their students spoke at home. This change has helped many children with their learning, but this policy has gotten in the way of other students’ academic progress.

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