The United Nations (UN) has bemoaned the lack of national identity (ID) cards in Malawi arguing that the IDs are crucial in responding to disasters the country faces.
The development comes at a time when Malawi government has embarked on providing humanitarian support to citizens being affected by hunger.
Speaking to the local press, UN Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, said ID cards help in identification of citizens of a country.
“This country does not have national ID system. IDs are crucial in identifying citizens at a time when we are responding to disaster and providing humanitarian support,” said Kang.
Following presidential call to support hunger victims in the country, World Food Program (WFP) Executive director Ertharin Cousin on Monday jetted in the country to appreciate the hunger situation.
Malawi government needs over $300 million to support a population that is to starve due to rainfall shortage following El-Nino weather in the country. Malawi has since embarked on buying staple grains from other countries to avert the food shortage.
However, UN has called on the donor community to rescue citizens from hunger arguing that the country cannot manage to deal with the crisis on its own.