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Malawi food crisis

Worst drought in a decade

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Stories from Malawi

Members of the community in Nsanje explain what their families are going through as a result of food shortages.

Enifa July in a field in Malawi

Enifa July

'The drought this year has been so much worse. In the past we could at least harvest something but this year nothing. We don’t even have the energy to tend to our crops. We eat once a day. Sometimes we even go to bed on empty stomachs, which makes me feel bad. I feel sorry for my children when I see them crying all day and not going to school. They act like we have forsaken them because of hunger. My prayer is that God sees me and my family through, to give us food to survive on until our harvest is ready. Bags of maize and beans would make a big difference to our lives because my family won’t be hungry.'


Fatima and Elias Baela in a field in Malawi

Fatima Baela

'Because of the drought my family and my village do not have a crop. There is nothing to feed my children. We are so desperate that they have to eat water lily tubers. The situation is worse than in other years. We have had nothing from our fields so we often see our children fall sick from lack of proper food. We feel bad when our children don’t eat as they are too weak and hungry to go to school. We are lucky to eat once a day. We now have water for our crops from the new water pump but while we wait for our harvest to grow, we are praying for food to arrive so we have the strength to work in the fields and look after our newly sown crops. If we have food our children will also be able to go to school without feeling hungry. We will no longer feel desperate.'