The country of Malawi is located in the southern part of Africa. It is a small country, roughly the size of Pennsylvania. They had their first democratic election in 1994. Until that time, they were ruled under the dictatorship of Kamuzu Banda for 30 years.
The Malawi flag features three equal horizontal bands of black, red, and green with a radiant, rising, red sun centered on the black band. The black band represents the native peoples; red stands for the blood that was shed in their struggle for freedom, and green is the color of nature. The rising sun represents the hope of freedom for the continent of Africa
According to the CIA World Factbook:
- Population of Malawi – Estimated at just over 17 million people.
- Aids Infected People – Approximately 11%
- Life expectancy – 59 years
- Adult Literacy – 25.2% of adults cannot read / write
- Child Labor – 26% pf all children (ages 5-14) are forced into labor (note: the CIA WFB defines “child labor” as “work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. It refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially, or morally dangerous and harmful to children.”
- Inflation Rate – 26.9% (ranked 220th out of 223 countries)
Estimates on the number of orphans (only counted as such until age 15) range between 1 and 2 million.
One horrific escalator of the situation in Malawi comes from cultural superstitious beliefs. One such superstition states that, “if you are a man with Aids, you can be cured by sleeping with a virgin.” To make matters worse, the superstition adds, “the younger the virgin, the more powerful the cure.” This evil makes these orphan girls on the street the most at risk. Other orphans are forced into other atrocious situations.
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