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Derrick Silimina

Derrick Silimina

last contributed to D+C/E+Z in summer of 2022 as a freelance journalist based in Lusaka, Zambia. He focuses on Zambian agriculture and sustainability issues.

All articles of Derrick Silimina


Drug shortages in public hospitals in Zambia

Critics blame corruption and embezzlement for the current drug shortage in Zambia

Human rights

Abolishing the death penalty

Fulfilling a pledge made while campaigning for office, Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema abolished the nation’s death penalty on December 2022


Human trafficking on the rise

Illegal immigrants face despicable conditions on their journeys and many end up dead or suffering life-threatening conditions in Zambia

Technological development

Affordable internet access for all

In Zambia, internet access is still limited, but the Starlink company of US billionaire Elon Musk aims to improve the situation


LGBTQI rights remain sensitive issue

A fashion event steers uproar in Zambia as religious moralists criticise the promotion of homosexuality and minority rights


Consumers appreciate new taxi apps in Zambia

IT is making mobility easier and cheaper in Africa, but there are downsides

Personal experiences

Covid-19 impacts worldwide

D+C/E+Z contributors from very different countries share their personal experiences on the Corona pandemic

Knowledge building

Training local artisans to produce school furniture

Hoping to improve school conditions in Zambia by producing locally made desks for students


Zambia and DRC partnering in battery production

Zambia and the DRC hope to become massive producers and refiners of cobalt for electric vehicle batteries

Mobile money

Fraudsters scam mobile phone users out of their

More and more people use mobile apps for digital payment – fraudsters take advantage of this

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