Zambia: It’s Illegal. It’s Unsafe. It’s All the Rage in Zambia’s Backyard Bars.

Lusaka, Zambia — A homemade distilled spirit is the drink of choice for cash-strapped businesses and their drinking clients — despite the many warnings.

As dawn breaks over Rufunsa, a village east of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, Mary Tembo is a whirlwind of activity. She moves through a crowd gathered inside a shelter made from sacks and rusted metal in her yard. It’s only 6 a.m., but the air is already filled with the sound of gruff voices as Tembo serves her clients a bottle of an illegal…

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