In Malawi, where 40 percent of the population needs food aid, the country’s bishops have called for international help to avert a crisis.
It is “disheartening and painful to think of our 6.5 million brothers and sisters” needing humanitarian assistance, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi said in a July 1 statement signed by its chairman, Bishop Thomas Msusa of Blantyre.
At least 6.5 million people will be food insecure in the coming year, according to a May government assessment. Malawi has a population of 16 million people.
“Our hospitals are already reporting higher rates of malnutrition cases,” the bishops said, noting that the situation is likely to worsen as the country approaches what in normal times is a lean period.