“I will also hunt you in your homes. You will not hide, I will smoke you out, muziwanso. You should go back to your fathers and mothers from the West, who have sent you.”
One would think these words of President Mutharika would have made headlines on CNN international news back in July of 2011, in response to riots that resulted in 20 deaths from police brutality. Maybe the statement received some brief mention, but I dare say you missed it. As I certainly did.
For six months, it's been nearly impossible to get news from my adopted homeland of Malawi--even on the Web! Even though the withdrawal of funds was due to human rights violations. Even though, the following month the President's entire Cabinet was dismissed and still has not been replaced!!
It's impossible to say what factors into the news we get. Certainly a complex set of interactions. It most certainly had something to do with the increasingly watchful eye that the Malawi government has given inside journalists.
While all of this leaves many questions, I believe we must focus on organizations that are operating despite the despondency that so many feel in our world.
For me, in Malawi, I keep my eyes on Malawi Children's Village, an organization that was organized with the help of former Peace Corp Workers who are still very much involved in overseeing the success of MCV. If you want to read some good news, please spend a while perusing the newsletter.
I know some of the leaders. In fact, the Malawian head who has faithfully served alongside his wife Faith, visited us in our Iowa home a few years ago.
Go back and look at the history of how Malawians with a heart were empowered by Americans with hearts resources, and a vision. http://malawichildrensvillage.org/about/history/
Then, consider getting involved with a small donation