Nigerian ‘Witch Child’ Hope Makes Miraculous Recovery, Aid Worker Anja Ringgren Lovén Reveals

A starving child who was accused of witchcraft and abandoned by his family has made an astonishing recovery after being rescued by a humanitarian aid worker. Heartbreaking images were shared on social media two months ago of the Nigerian toddler, named Hope, who was found severely emaciated and wandering alone after being shunned by his family and society. Now Hope, who is believed to be between two and three years old, is unrecognisable in pictures shared by Anja Ringgren Lovén, the founder…

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Combination of traditional, scientific weather forecasts vital to climate change

Discarding the longtime traditional methods of forecasting weather or rainfall pattern has drastically contributed to the effects of the ongoing climate change globally. Speaking to Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Easter Monday, the Chief Meteorologist, Charles Vanya, responsible for weather predictions and agronomy, disclosed that the battle to redress the current effects of climatic changes cannot be won if those in the agricultural sector completely shun the ancient strategies of forecasting weather and rainfall patterns. According to Vanya, as…

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Blue League Bails Out Nsanje Central on Easter Monday
A cross-section of the 320 beneficiaries

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) youth grouping, the Blue League yesterday donated maize relief in Honorable Francis Kasaila’s Nsanje Central constituency, reaching out to 320 households in the area on Easter Monday. The Blue League’s maize distribution ceremony happened at Mpatsa Community Day Secondary School where various vulnerable sections from the community were brought together, including the elderly and blind members. Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, a local leader expressed gratefulness for the good gesture shown by…

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Man chops off friend’s penis

A man has been found guilty of chopping off his friend’s penis, but it remains a mystery what he wanted it for. Phulamazira Kang’ombe, 34, was sentenced to 16 years behind bars after being found guilty of cutting off Chimwemwe Madeya’s penis in November 2014. Lilongwe police spokesperson Inspector Kingsley Dandaula said that Madeya was on his way from a local drinking place when he encountered Kang’ombe, who viciously attacked him before cutting off his penis. Madeya was, however,…

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Witchdoctors and sangomas encouraging ‘incest and defilement’

Fooled by witchdoctors and sangomas that the easiest way to attain wealth is through incest and defilement, some men in Malawi are learning their lessons the hard way. A 36-year-old man from Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, is one of the men who is now in custody on incest charges, said Lilongwe police. Police spokesperson, Kingsley Dandaula, said that the superstitious man had been netted for allegedly having sex with his 17-year-old daughter. “The superstitious man sweet-talked his daughter that…

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Malawi out to claim Guinea scalp

Malawi will look to pick up their first win in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they host Guinea for a Group L clash in Blantyre on Tuesday afternoon. Kick-off at the Kamuzu Stadium is set for 14h30 CAT. The teams played to a goalless stalemate in Conakry on Friday, a result which did neither any real favours: they are tied in third and fourth place respectively on two points, three adrift of co-leaders Zimbabwe and Swaziland….

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Using drones to save lives in Malawi

It started with an aeroplane journey back in 2014. “I knew nothing about drones,” says Judith Sherman, the head of HIV for the UN children’s fund, Unicef, in Malawi. But as she leafed through an in-flight magazine about pizza deliveries by drone in Mumbai, she had a eureka moment. “Drones could be used to solve the logistical challenge of swiftly delivering HIV/Aids care in rural Malawi,” she thought. Two years later she is about to find out if she…

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77-year-old woman commits suicide

People of Kapanda village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Malili in Lilongwe had a sad awakening Tuesday morning when a 77-year-old mentally challenged woman was found hanging from a tree in a maize garden. Lilongwe Police Station Public Relations Officer (PRO) Inspector Kingsley Dandaula in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Wednesday identified the deceased as Ketrina Kamitondo from Mpumbulu Kutchemba village, T/A Malili in Lilongwe. Dandaula said the woman left her house on 15th March,…

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Blantyre police step up security over Easter period

Police in Blantyre have assured residents of the city that law enforcers will provide enough security during long weekend of the Easter Holiday. Blantyre Police Assistant Public Relations Officer, Andrew Mayawo said police are ready to protect people’s lives and property during this Easter season. Said Mayawo, “We have organized full patrols that will be going around our city and locations. We have also organized community policing forums that will be working hand in hand with us during this…

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Malawi’s Extended Credit Facility on track

IMF has declared Malawi’s Extended Credit Facility on track. IMF says this is due to good management of domestic finance since September 2015.  This was disclosed at a press briefing that IMF and Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe addressed in Lilongwe. IMF says it appreciates the hard work that Malawi government has put in to bring the programmes back on track. The fund has however, asked government to work on bank reconciliations and report on arrears going forward. IMF has…

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