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Crisis in Zambia: Mulindwa's Story



Crisis in Zambia: Mulindwa's Story
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Crisis in Zambia: Mulindwa's Story
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Mulindwa lives in a country called Zambia. Zambia is in Africa. About 14 million people live there. Zambia only became independent in 1964. Since then it has been basically a peaceful nation with some changes in government.
 
2     When Mulindwa was growing up, her family did well for themselves. Zambia had been known for its copper mines. Then the price of copper dropped, and the country became poorer and poorer. With help from other countries, the government of Zambia is trying to get out of debt. Mulindwa sees those changes in the government. However, Mulindwa sees incredible challenges for the people of Zambia.
 
3     First of all, there is an epidemic of HIV/AIDS. According to UNICEF, one out of five pregnant women is HIV positive. Of course then, the number of children with HIV is also huge. More than 30,000 children are born HIV positive in Zambia each year. Because so many parents have died of AIDS, many children have lost one or both parents. Around 12% of the adults suffer from HIV/AIDS.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Research a little bit about Zambia's government. How has it changed in the last 50 years?

2.  Find out what organizations such as UNICEF or the Peace Corps do to help Zambia. Create a brochure encouraging people to volunteer.

3.  What diseases can be spread through unsafe water? Write a paragraph describing one disease.

4.  The average life expectancy in Zambia is 49 years. How does that compare to the United States, China, and one other country in Africa (of your own choosing)?



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