Drought is bringing the people in Malawi to their knees.
This is what
Fr. Piergiorgio Gamba, a Monfortan missionary says to Agenzia Fides,
"the water level in Lake Malawi has dropped a lot. The water from the
Shire River no longer allows the electric turbines to function so there
is no electricity for up to 20 continuous hours. Only rain can resolve
the lack of energy that has destroyed hundreds of small companies. It
has become dangerous even to buy food that has no guarantee of hygiene".
The population does not receive any help from the government because, as
the missionary writes, "unfortunately, the government excels in one
aspect: the endless corruption that now appears in all its shameful
presence in the wheat trade".
"The corruption in which the Country has sunk into has a definite cause
and it is corruption of democracy starting from the top. There are
still two years to the 2019 general election but the election campaign
that is funded by plundering the same aid given to Malawi for the poor
has already started. Only a strong position taken by the citizens, only a
recovery of values of community and justice can put an end to this
scourge that destroys the soul of Malawi".
But the missionary expects "a revolution from below, from the people
that take in their hands the construction of their future".
"Is it too
much to ask a population that often chooses silence and forbearance to
dissent? The innate goodness of people brings them to defend those who
oppress them. It can be a gift in a continent that has too many wars,
but also - and this is what many social and religious leaders of Malawi
say - can also become a sentence of an endless impoverishment and social
deprivation with uncontrollable consequences", concludes the