As more than 2.8 million people are facing hunger in the country, Malawi’s Minister of Justice and Constitution Affairs Samuel Tembenu has distributed over five hundred bags of maize to orphans, the elderly, and child-headed families in Salima district .
In the last growing season, some parts of the country experienced heavy rains which washed away crops while in other parts there were dry spells.
Tembenu said he thought of sharing with others knowing that there are less privileged people out there who need food as they did not harvest much in the last growing season.
“I thought of coming and distribute maize knowing that we have entered the new year and others do not have food as they did not harvest much in the last rainy season,” said Tembenu.
He added that January is the month that most people are badly hit by hunger and economic problems that is why he thought of coming up with the donation.
“Most of the times January is the month most people find it hard to have food and I came up with this in order to lessen the pain of general January,” he said.
He appealed to well-wishers to come out and assist those in need as a way of celebrating the New Year.