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Malawi: In Search of Food, 70-Year-Old Malawian Woman Walks 40 Kilometres


A 70-year-old woman from Machinjiri in Blantyre identified as Ida Zembesani walked from Blantyre-Ndirande to Thyolo-Thava, which is a distance of about 40 kilometers, to help in sourcing funds to buy food for families affected by rising hunger and malnutrition levels.

The three days fundraising big walk nick-named ‘walk for hunger’, which was organised by Chimbota Community Development Organisation (CDO) in partnership with Daughters and Sons of Ndirande, was patronized with over 100 people including women and youths.

In an interview on Sunday after reaching Thyolo-Thava, Gogo Zembesani born in March 1952 said she decided to join the fundraising big-walk as one way of assisting people who are in need of food in Blantyre and Thyolo Thava.

Senior Chief Mphuka of Thyolo district said nearly 99 percent of his subjects are affected by hunger. He added that people were surviving on Mangoes but now the mango season is over and now they are “helpless and hopeless”.

“Only 100 out of 67,000 households have food in their houses as we are talking,” said Senior Chief Mphuka, who also commended Chimbota CBO for the initiative which according to him will help to address hunger situation in his area.

On her part, Miss Culture Malawi Ireen Navicha who also joined the fundraising big-walk from Thyolo Boma to Thava called upon government and other concerned stakeholders to help families affected by hunger in the country.

She described the current hunger situation in the country as a matter of urgency saying: “People are suffering; many are sleeping on an empty stomach with no hope for tomorrow. Government and all concerned parties should quickly intervene,”