Every year during the wet season the swollen Zambezi River bursts its banks, destroying homes and crops, flooding classrooms, and displacing communities across the Barotse Floodplain in Zambia.
For 13-year-old Ilinanga Mulonda and thousands like her, this means their education is put on hold – for some permanently – while the floodwater inundates their classrooms, and their parents struggle to pay for school fees.
Many depend on fish during these difficult months and a shortage means that children go hungry, parents lose their income, and some turn to prostitution in desperation.
A part of the My Community series, this film provides a unique insight in to the lives of rural women living in the Barotse Floodplain, an aquatic agricultural system in Zambia.
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