News of Michelle and Barack Obama's fist bump came to this village on the banks of the Lower Zambezi River, but the villagers stories of death and disaster for want of 20th century commodities are a harder sell.
Before the headmaster of the village school we came to started his story, he asked where we were from.
"America!" he repeated, a smile lighting his worried face, "Barack Obama!"
"Barack Obama!" he repeated later, walking across the village clearing, after he had told his story, and he turned to bump fists with another visitor.