Stressed by Open Defecation; “Anthu Aku Nkhata Bay Tatopa Ndikunyera Kutchire”

Girls, women and children are enduring a life of open defecation in Nkhata Bay District due to lack of toilets. A 14-year-old girl, whom we shall call Mercy because she refused to be named, says girls in her area are leading a stressful life because almost all households in her area of Group Village Head (GVH) Kakhongwe in Traditional Authority (TA) Mankhambira do not have toilets. “People defecate openly here,” she says. “When I’m pressed, I just go to…

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