Malawi news

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Lisbon Mtukumira, 50, remains a living symbol of fierce 17 years Mozambican war that claimed at least one million people and displaced five million others. In 1992 warring fronts ceased fire and went to polls in 1994 where FRELIMO emerged victor. Barely two decades after the war, Mtukumira is back again in Malawi, as a refugee.
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Nsanje is one hottest district in Malawi characterised by annual flooding and drought that periodically culminate into famine among poor peasantry masses. But Danish company Grundfos' introduction of solar powered irrigation at Tiyanjane is productively reclaiming this barren land.
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Fear is rife among Malawi’s advocacy CSOs as Government strategizes to ban about 320 NGOs that have not registered with a government's established NGO Board.
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Little and virgin, Masozi aged 10, got married to a 29 years old man; expected to offer conjugal rights and doing all household chores as demanded by her patrileneal Ndali society of Malawi's northern district of Karonga.
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Malawi Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) that attended a platform meeting at DanChurchAid (DCA) in Lilongwe last week went home labeled docile and dead for not being vocal on critical governance issues.
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The cool breeze that bracketed one Sunday morning at Chiringa in Phalombe did not just mean blessings, but emergence of some new sort of challenges the Roman Catholic owned and Bilka rehabilitated facility would encounter. Disgusting tragedy is what one Aliness calls her experience.
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Since Independence, Malawi has been known for asking for foreign aid whenever disaster struck, but the current calamity has brought in the spirit of togetherness, the umoja or umodzi, that the nation must well be known for.
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Several organisations in Malawi are now joining forces and starting a domestic fund raising campaign for the benefit of the victims of the massive floods.
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Heavy rains that braced President Mutharika's rally to victims of floods in Balaka last Friday could not stop him from issuing stern warning against abuse of relief items. Mutharika's government is running on zero aid budget after donors pulled out due to financial mismanagement.
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Hell has broken loose in Malawi! More than 45,000 people have been displaced and rendered homeless by flooding forcing President Peter Mutharika to declare Malawi a disaster area. President Mutharika has therefore appealed to foreign donor communities for humanitarian aid.
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It is gospel truth that the value of a goat is not what the neighbourhood sees, but is in the pride the poor household gains after a successful pass on scheme. Goats are such livestock that quickly multiply and have greater potential of recreating a poor household’s world in just a year.
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Changing people’s mindsets in adopting climate smart agricultural practices remains a greater challenge to mitigating effects of climate change. However, the story is different at Makande in Thyolo where communities are enormously benefiting from this easy-to-follow practice.
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Malnutrition among under-five children and HIV positive pregnant mothers in Thyolo District have become endemic. But use of highly nutritious locally available herbs has given vulnerable groups some incalculable hope.
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The president of Malawi Joyce Banda followed her heart when visiting the brand new maternity ward at Lunjika Health Centre.
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Women working to improve their own livelihoods
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Lakeshore communities not benefiting from the lake
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When Chrissie husband left to look for work in South Africa, she thought her life would change for the better. But for the past five years, he has not called or written leaving her to fend for their five children. A livestock project by DanChurchAid has restored her hope and now she can live a better and dignified life.
© Joseph Lyson Scott
Ever since the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) was launched, it has largely benefitted politicians at the expense of the in-need communities.
© Joseph Lyson Scott
The government of Malawi is encouraging HIV testing during pregnancy to curb mother to child transmission of the virus. Despite its apparent good motives, the programme has brought conflicts within families that have led in some instances to divorce. However, some have handled the situation amicably.
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Men now treating women as equals in Ntchisi after gender training
© Joseph Lyson Scott, DCA
The Malawi Government has joined stakeholders working in the economic empowerment of women sector in castigating men who are selfish and has called for them to start respecting women in their homes.
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A group of 15 women has been engaged in irrigation farming for 10 years growing vegetables and also have a tender to supply their produce to local secondary schools. But despite their efforts, the group is still struggling as they cannot access small loans to boost their business.
© Joseph Lyson Scott, DCA
Raised in a community that looks down upon women entrepreneurs, members of Bulamo HIV and AIDS Prevention Organization women group in Salima tells us about their shattered dreams, and the unending hope that one day society would open up to recognise their contribution to the community.
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The saying goes ‘there is unity in numbers’ and the women of Group Village Headman Chenyama in the area of Traditional Authority Kalonga in Salima district in Malawi can bear testimony to this