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Hunger hits Lilongwe South

Some people of Traditional Authority (T/A) Masumbankhunda in Lilongwe South are reportedly going days without food because of the hunger situation.

Speaking on Saturday at a handover ceremony of maize flour donated by Muslim World League through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma), shadow Member of Parliament of the area, Frank Mazizi, said 70 percent of the people in the area lack food.

Group Village Head Chiyende of Malingunde said many people in the area are starving.

“People are starving in this area, going days without food. People used to survive on mangoes but now the mango season is almost over. Some have even died due to hunger,’’ she said.

T/A Masumbankhunda said many people flock to his house to ask for support as they do not have anything to eat.

“The hunger situation is real in this area and sometimes, people start cultivating on my land without telling them so that I should give them money to enable them buy food,” he said.

Muslim World League donated 1,000 bags of maize to the people of T/A Masumbankhunda through Dodma.

A representative of the group, Moosa Mkhize said they thought it wise to help considering the hunger situation.

“Almost 70 percent of people in this area do not have food and the situation requires urgent intervention,” he said.

Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee revised assessment on food situation in the country indicates that 1.9 million people are food insecure, up from 1 million.

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