Bill Ross, May 12, 2000; 03:55 a.m.
Watch out for theft in Zambia.. note the broken glass & razor ribbon on the high walls of the middle class compounds/stockades in the neighborhoods around Lusaka. Take that malaria medicine! Read the threads on photographing black/brown skin tones. Especially watch out for the army. For practical purposes, I would assume that they are involved in smuggling drugs and are very paranoid about being found out. Some people I knew had the window of their vehicle smashed with a rifle butt as they careened out of an encounter with soldiers in the bush after some intense conversation, and others ran into a similar situation in Lusaka itself (without the window breaking). Be ready to let go of your equipment for your safety.
That said, hopefully you will be in a nice spot with a stable enough food situation and will be beloved of all around. Zambia has a wonderful climate at the right time of year, and people can be very nice and engaging. The social divide is perhaps not unlike (what at least used to be better-off) Zimbabwe, by the way.