Monthly Archives: July 2015

Famine threat in Malawi

Malawi, Dickson village, a hamlet with 55 households and some 300 inhabitants.

Malawi, Dickson village, a hamlet with 55 households and some 300 inhabitants.

Hunger has now (July 2015) been announced ‘officially’ for Malawi. It is expected to “start biting hard in October.” According to The Nation (Malawi), “around 2.8 million Malawians—roughly 20 percent of the 16 million strong population—face starvation” after “this season’s crop output has dropped by around 30 percent” on the back of floods and consecutive drought.
http://mwnation.com/food-crisis-despair-as-hunger-expected…/

Keep in mind that Malawi is the world’s poorest country in 2015 –
(World Bank: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.CD…)

Let’s see if media take an interest before hell brakes loose – while it makes sense to mobilize international donors – or if they will only jump onto it once the first (vast numbers) start dying.

By the way: in September, when the UN evaluates its Millennium Goals, an updated version of our Dick Wittenberg‘s and my) book about the hamlet of Dickson, Malawi, will come out (in Dutch!), with financial support (but made completely independently from) Stichting Dioraphte.

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