Zambia is the only country in Africa to have an estimated 70% poverty rate and a population of more than 4 million, according to the United Nations.
The country’s economy has been in a tailspin for more than two years as President Joseph Kabila struggles to maintain stability amid the corruption scandals that have rocked his administration.
The central African nation’s poverty rate is the highest in Africa and has been exacerbated by an economic slump that has taken place amid a global financial crisis.
Zambia, which borders Zimbabwe, has been experiencing a series of political crises, including a violent coup last year.
Many analysts say the coup was orchestrated by the ruling party, the Movement for Democratic Change, which controls the country.
It has been accused of trying to overthrow Kabila, a former military leader, and has denied the accusations.
Kabila has been struggling to maintain power since the February 2017 coup and his popularity is falling.