Zambia’s central geographic location makes it particularly susceptible to migration flows as this selection of images shows.
Zimbabweans, Congolese, South Africans, as well as Zambians themselves, centre in Zambia’s northwestern Copperbelt province to work on the mines, whilst others are attracted by jobs in the country’s burgeoning cotton industry. Meanwhile, cross-border truckers from South Africa pass through on their way to the DRC. As Zambia begins to recover from the 1970s-1990s copper slump, assisted in its development by a host of NGOs and aid organizations, many Zambians are also migrating to urban centres to take advantage of real (and imagined) job opportunities and the hope of a better life.
This story was commissioned by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in 2008 as part of a joint project with the Market Photo Workshop (MPW) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The photographs were exhibited at the Henry Tiyali Gallery in Lusaka in August 2009, alongside the work of fellow photographer Mpho Seleka.
All images © Davina Jogi/MPW/IOM