(this is a view of the Southern half of Africa - just to get an idea of where Zimbabwe and Zambia are located in relation to each other)
Zimbabwe (This was the situation reported for the country in October 2008)
"This African country is a scene of great political unrest, after violent summer elections and an inflation rate of two million percent! The economy has collapsed; unemployment is 80%. Prices double every few days. Many Jehovah's Witnesses were forced to flee, but there still was a publisher peak of 33,516.
One local elder overheard a youth militia group plotting to kill Jehovah's Witnesses and burn their homes in one village for their neutral stand. He warned the brothers, who fled. The next day this brother was captured and ordered to repeat political slogans. He refused. After watching them beat and torture local villagers, our brother was forced to run for one-half mile in front of the militia, all the while being beaten while they threatened to kill him. When the brother reached an intersection, a police vehicle was there. The mob fled and our brother escaped. Although his home and harvest of 2 tons of corn went up in flames, our dear brother escaped with his life."
*for some "good news" - here's a cute experience about a school girl in Zimbabwe on pg 46 of the 2009 Yearbook and one from Zambia on pg 14 of the 2007 Yearbook...
Zimbabwe: "Decibel, who is nine years old, preaches to her classmates and teachers. One day she noticed that her teacher looked miserable, so Decibel approached her and asked if there was something making her unhappy. The teacher replied that her sister had lost a child in death. Decibel promised to bring the teacher something that would comfort her. She obtained the brochure When Someone You Love Dies from her parents and brought it the following day. The teacher read a few paragraphs from the brochure and cried out for joy. Later, she wrote a note to Decibel's parents thanking them for the training they had given their daughter and the comfort Decibel had given her during her time of distress."
Zambia: "Goliath, a village headman who had two wives and ten children, is no giant, but he and his family have taken giant steps spiritually. Goliath began making changes soon after reading the Bible Teach book. In January 2006 he and his family started attending Christian meetings, and in February he asked his second wife to leave and legalized his relationship with his first wife. (Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Timothy 3:2) During March he resigned as village headman, and in April he and his wife, Esther, became unbaptized publishers."