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Vol 46 No 21

Published 21st October 2005


Malawi

Disaster

Famine threatens and an enfeebled government lacks the authority to act

President Bingu wa Mutharika's declaration of a national disaster because of the food shortages which threaten over half of Malawi's eleven million people may boost contributions to the United Nations' famine appeal. Yet it will do nothing to shore up Bingu's authority with his own people, who blame the government for failing to react to a food crisis that was predicted almost a year ago.

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