Warm hearts in hard times

Malawi is an undeniably exquisite country, and this may be why the clash between the natural splendour and harsh reality of life thumps you in the gut like a juggernaut truck. Baobab dawns, the tranquility of a rift valley lake, and the echoes of fish eagle calls at sunset contradict with kids of 4 or 5 carrying bundles of wood as heavy as themselves, and their mothers and fathers breaking their backs to scratch a living under an unforgiving sun. And yet, and yet … every time you meet a Malawian, you are greeted with a smile as wide as the lakeshore itself. And you understand why this country will always be known as the Warm Heart of Africa. Mwulibanje – may God bless you all.