Photographer's Note

Two of today's three photos from January 1984 show both Zambia and Zimbabwe. I locate them in Zambia because there is more of that country. They were all scanned from Kodachrome slides.

The main photo shows the Victoria Falls Bridge, opened in 1905 when the areas on both sides of the Zambezi river were regarded as a "British sphere of influence", serving mainly as a source of labour for the British South Africa Company (Wikipedia).

This bridge had a short spell of world fame in August 1975, when a conference was held in a train parked halfway across it in an attempt to reach a peaceful settlement in the conflict in the unrecognized white supremacy state of Rhodesia. Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda and South Africa's Prime Minister John Vorster tried to mediate between the Rhodesian government of Ian Smith and delegates representing several Zimbabwean liberation movements.

No agreement was possible, so the war in Rhodesia carried on until a ceasefire was agreed in London in December 1979 (the Lancaster House Agreement), leading to general elections in February 1980. The elections brought Robert Mugabe and his militant party ZANU to power and Rhodesia (having been called Zimbabwe Rhodesia during a transition period) was renamed Zimbabwe.

I took this photo standing in Zambia. The trees you see at the far side of the bridge belong to Zimbabwe. Here is a larger version.

One WS was taken as I was looking the other way, while another WS was taken firmly inside Zambian territory.

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