Northern Province au Naturel

The Bemba term for “natural resources” is ifilengua na lesa. Literally, “God’s resources.” Zambia’s Northern Province, where I live, may not boast amazing topography (it’s mainly one big plateau), but it has a beauty all its own.

Slow, meandering rivers still overflow each season into their natural floodplains. Interesting insects, birds, lizards, and small wildlife abound – even if the big animals are virtually extinct outside a few game reserves and national parks. Forests still cover most of the landscape. Extensive wetlands provide sweeping views. Even the slashed-and-burned fields have their own eerie beauty – especially at dawn and dusk.

In short, we are blessed.

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