8 year-old boy forced to rear cattle to earn a living

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The right to education is a birthright of every Malawian but the story is different for an eight year-old boy in Nkhotakota who works as a herdboy in a village far away from his home in order to buy basic needs.

The boy, Masauko Frazer who is from Benga village, Traditional Authority Mwadzama in Nkhotakota, left his parents’ house when his current boss went to his village to look for boys to work for him.

Masauko told Malawi24 that looking at how his parents were failing to buy him basic needs he chose to accept the job offer with the aim of helping himself and his parents.

Malawi CattleHe added that it was worrisome seeing how his parents starve and he thought it wise to work so that he can help them with the little money that he gets.

“My parents are just staying without any job, they fail to support us and now they rely on me to have a little coin in their pockets. I can be glad if well-wishers can hear my cry and make me achieve my dream of working in a bank one day.

“I really want to go further with education. My ambition is to be working in bank but my parents were even failing to buy notebooks for me,” Frazer told Malawi24.

Community members told Malawi24 that a lot of young boys below the age of 15 are employed as herdboys in Nkhotakota district, a development that is hindering these children from going to school with the aim of helping the country to develop social economically.

According to the investigations, it has been established that the boys are taken from their villages and sometimes told they will be selling freezes villages but they end up becoming cowboys.

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  1. Mulekeni Mwana Azidya Nsima. Inu Anthu A Mtawuni Mumayankhula Mopusa Kwabasi Popeza Mavuto Simunawaonepo. Ndi Ana Ambiri Akugona Ndi Njala Inu Munawathandiza Chiyani? Ndiponso Bola Uyu Wapenza Ntchito Ifenso Tadutsa Momwemu. Tsono Kumangoti Zomvetsa Chisoni Koma Osachitapo Kanthu Mumafuna Kuti Mwanayu Afe Ndi Njala? Zikomo Kwambiri Iwe Mwini Ng’ombe Chifukwa Chomulemba Ntchito Mwanayo . Ngari Alipo Wachifundo Amutengeretu Mwanayo Komanso Ena Omwe Agona Ndi Njara

  2. Mzomwe zimachitika kumalawi nthawi zonse sichachilendo mwana kuweta ziweto koma tsogolo amadziwa ndi ambuye kumwambaku basi ndi zambiri zomwe timaganiza kuti ndidzakhala woyendetsa ndege pamene zomwe uti udzachite sizimenezo ndiye dzikolo

  3. Iwe olemba nkhani nawe, sudziwa kuti Malawi ndidziko losaukisisa padziko lose? Maboma ose alephera kutukula miyoyo ya wa nthu ake! Adalemera kale akungoika vindalama mnthumba! Afiti.

  4. Kodi anthu enanu mwatani zithu zikusitha everyday nde mukamati nane ndinapangapo ndili mwana means utakhala kut sunampudzile koma mulungu kukudalisa nditindala mwana wako sazaphudziraso kamba koti you sunageli?? Nde ngat u are agree wth that fucken life malawi azaaintha mkukhala wantendere??

  5. 8yrs in primary 4yrs secondary about 4yrs college plus ka ulova ka 3yrs kut adzayambe kupeza ndalama pomwe kuweta ng’ombe 30days akuphulila dollar which one iz better ?

  6. bolaiyeyoinendapatsilapomatopendilimu1aapitilizebasimaphunziloakeatiatichonchikugwawa,koditubomalingolephelakunenakutimaphunziloathetsedweinukomasimuwona,aa

  7. TISATENGE MOYO WAKALE TISAKUDZINDIKILA KUFUNIKA KWA FUTURE OF CHILDREN LETS THINK ABOUT NOT TO SAY ALSO ME NDAKULA NDI MOYO OMWEO. ITS OUR RESPOBILITY TO CHANGE OLD LIFE INTO NEW LIFE STOP REAPITING THINGS THE WOLRD IS GOING FORWALD EVERYDAY. MALAWI ITS TIME LOOK OUR DIRECTION..

  8. TISATENGE MOYO WAKALE TISAKUDZINDIKILA KUFUNIKA KWA FUTURE OF CHILDREN LETS THINK ABOUT NOT TO SAY ALSO ME NDAKULA NDI MOYO OMWEO. ITS OUR RESPOBILITY TO CHANGE OLD LIFE INTO NEW LIFE STOP REAPITING THINGS THE WOLRD IS GOING FORWALD EVERYDAY. MALAWI ITS TIME LOOK OUR DIRECTION..

  9. Dis story’s #Admi ndinu mulendo mu malawi muno hahahaa lol…u got no idea how many kidz r nt goin to xul cuz of poverty/omwe akungokhalira maganyu.

  10. Akuluakulu tisalozane dzala, lets just find a solution. Tsopano Makolo ndi mwini ziweto akamangidwa, sikuonjezera mavuto enanso? Mwanayutu akula ngati an orphan. Kumaganiza

  11. Ame

    If there is a consent from parents I dont see any problem…those who are saying the cows owner should be punnished are you going to feed the families benifiting from these cows owner, go to bwandilo at night there are sex wokers as young as 10 years old..this is the s real story we should be talking about……

  12. Bwelani ku kasungu ambili komaso mukamawalesa anao muzi a pezela zochita because inu mumakhala ku town khawa zanu munapachika nde kunganiza kawili be for ku chita chithu amakusa ziwetozo chifukwa chamavuto antha kukhala ndi makolo koma gati sakupeza khobili atani chonde ok.

  13. @Evance tell them ifemso tawetawetapo ndipo timkayamba std1 tili ndi 12 years so nothing is new! More especially there in My home district Phalombe!

    • Mmmmmm nanu! U want what was happing to u should also happen to this chap? This is the violation of child labour act. Govt or Human rights organisations should act on this

    • Dyson i think yo goverment is the one to blame. They have failed to provide proper basic education. They cant even pay teachers. So the goverment think these kids teach themselves. Even u send a kid to school. How do u call a school 4rm std 1 to std 8 with 2 teachers and they dont get paid. Is that not violating kids rights

    • This differs from you time as you know now kids grows fast! !!! Now school starts with 2 years old & we must help our kids while their young for better of tomorrow