Zambia squeezing copper to death

OCTOBER 24 is always a day for reflection for the Zambian diaspora spattered across the face of the planet, writes Barry Avery in African Angle.

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Copper cathodes at Kansanshi

What a day of celebration that was in 1967 when the British flag came down and the cities and towns were adorned in the green, black, red and copper of the new republic flag under President Kenneth Kaunda, who turned 94 in April this year.

As kids living in the mining towns on the Copperbelt, it was an exciting time, none of us really quite sure why our country should ever have been controlled by a foreign nation thousands of miles away. (As adults now entering our twilight years, we still don't.)

Lining the streets of the Copperbelt town of Luanshya, kids and adults alike waved our paper flags attached to lolly sticks to welcome the President Kaunda as he did a victory lap of the nation in the days following October 24. There was a huge sense of hope in, and for, the...