Walking the Bowl: A True Story of Murder and Survival Among the Street Children of Lusaka

Walking the Bowl: A True Story of Murder and Survival Among the Street Children of Lusaka by Chris Lockhart, Daniel Mulilo Chama 1335425748 9781335425744
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For readers of Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Nothing to Envy, this is a breathtaking real-life story of four street children in contemporary Zambia whose lives are drawn together and forever altered by the mysterious murder of a fellow street child.

Based on years of investigative reporting and unprecedented fieldwork, Walking the Bowl immerses readers in the daily lives of four unforgettable characters: Lusabilo, a determined waste picker; Kapula, a burned-out brothel worker; Moonga, a former rock crusher turned beggar; and Timo, an ambitious gang leader. These children navigate the violent and poverty-stricken underworld of Lusaka, one of Africas fastest growing cities.

When the dead body of a ten-year-old boy is discovered under a heap of garbage in Lusakas largest landfill, a murder investigation quickly heats up due to the influence of the victims mother and her far-reaching political connections. The childrens lives become more closely intertwined as each child engages in a desperate bid for survival against forces they could never have imagined.

Gripping and fast-paced, the book exposes the perilous aspects of street life through the eyes of the children who survive, endure and dream there, and what emerges is an ultimately hopeful story about human kindness and how one small good deed, passed on to others, can make a difference in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Author: Chris Lockhart, Daniel Mulilo Chama

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 304

Publisher: Hanover Square Press

Publication Date: 2022-02-15

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