The global recession has arrived in Zambia’s Copper Belt

The Zambian copper mining industry, the mainstay of the economy, has been hard-hit by the global slowdown. And the town of Luanshya has been hardest hit with the complete shutdown of the huge copper mine that dominates the landscape.

Over 3000 miners, directly employed and on contracts, lost their jobs at the end of January after the owners announced that the mine was no longer economically viable.

The shutdown has had a devastating effect on the 60,000 residents of the town, who nearly all depend on the mine for their livelihood.

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