4 out of 10 cannot afford 3 meals a day
I arrived in Zambia in 1998. Back then, 58% of the population lived in extreme poverty. Today, about 18 years later, extreme poverty has dropped to 41%, according to the latest figures from 2015. Thus, things are improving in Zambia, but at an alarmingly slow pace. In fact, 4 out of 10 Zambians still live in extreme poverty. This means they cannot afford basic minimum food requirements, let alone non-food requirements such as housing, schooling and medicals. In this day and age it is an embarrassing fact that 4 out of 10 people in Zambia cannot afford three meals a day. Yet, in that same period, Zambia has seen five presidents – Chiluba, Mwanawasa, Banda, Sata and Lungu – all declaring, in their different words, styles and ways, that they have a heart for the people. I hope President Lungu really means it.
Camilla Hebo Buus, Editor Zambia Weekly