Team-Green was wondering about finding yourself in places you would rather not be, I figured I'd post it here.
While our initial posting to Zambia from 1973 to 1976 worked out well, by the time we returned in 1977 tensions were beginning to build due to the "white government rule" of Zimbabwe, our neighbor to the south. Some research at this link:
http://en.wikipedia....desian_Bush_War just now helped me recall some of the more pertinent details. The border between Zambia and Zimbabwe was officially closed, but Zimbabwe "freedom fighters" were based in Zambia, and I would certainly question the effectiveness of the Zambian army at that time and it's ability to keep an armed force of foreign nationals under control. As may be, the Rhodesian forces most certainly carried out a raid against the "freedom fighter" camps near Lusaka sometime in 1978, because the capitol ended up locked down for a few days afterward and I was in school there at the time.
Further, I know that several bridges were demolished as the Rhodesian forces retreated to slow any pursuit. According to the information posted in the link above, this was probably in retaliation for the downing of Rhodesian aircraft by the ZIPRA forces. At least one tale I heard had the soldiers politely asking travelers which side of the bridge they wanted to be on since it was going to be blown up. Effects rippled though the country for years after that. Suddenly, you could be thrown in jail for taking a picture with a bridge in the background. A number of buildings which had previously been very photogenic became off-limits to tourists, which sadly included some very nice copper sculptures at the Lusaka airport. Bridges became checkpoints manned with armed soldiers who wanted ID, passports, and sometimes wanted to look through your luggage or the load Dad was hauling in the truck. Travel from our house in Serenje to Lusaka previously had taken 5-6 hours now was taking 7 - 8 hours due to the delays.