Greetings from Nthalire, Chitipa, Malawi.
The man standing on my left is carrying a dead body of his niece who died at Wenya Health Centre.
He is walking back home with the dead body on his back because there is no other way of getting back home in this part of the warm heat of Africa.
The unfortunate girl was brought to the clinicin the early hours of yesterday morning, 11 May 2016, but the uncle says she was attended to only late last night and she died few hours after.
According to him the girl had insufficient blood. Shortage of food?
The small boy in red is not just an onlooker, He is a brother to the deceased girl.
Since the mother had to walk 25kilometres to the clinic she asked him to carry his young brother who is too young to walk while the mother carried his sick sister.
The reason why only the boy and uncle are seen in these pictures is that I gave them a lift when they stopped me.
They told me the mother was following far way behind them.
The crew interviewing them is of our diocesan radio station that has accompanied me on my pastoral visit to this part of the Diocese.
When we say we have failed some people in this country some people think we are only ungrateful people who have nothing to say.
But what should these very poor and troubled souls thank the people of this country for? Is there anybody who really cares about them? I suppose they are important in so far as they can vote and clap hands.
This totally is unacceptable in a functioning state.
Bishop Martin A. Mtumbuka.
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