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Lusaka, Zambia — Zambian birthday celebration muted by economic hardship
Zambia celebrated its 20th anniversary of independence Wednesday with a military parade attended by six African leaders and by President Kenneth Kaunda, who has led the country since its birth.
The parade marked the climax of a week of celebrations taking place at a time of unparalleled economic hardship because of a disastrous fall in the world price of copper, virtually Zambia's only export.
''This is the very saddest independence anniversary in our history,'' a Zambian journalist said.