As it has been reported in international news I thought it best to give a short reassurance to those who follow us here in Malawi.
Since the start of September there has been increasing civil unrest in the southern part of Malawi (the part we are in) surrounding rumours of “blood suckers”. Fear has been stoked with xenophobia until vigilante “justice” has started to happen. Last week roads were closed and two people were killed in Blantyre, the city we live in.
Before judging Malawians for their superstition consider what fear and xenophobia have done in other parts of the world, some of them Western nations. I am currently working on a much larger piece trying to make sense of the blood sucker saga but until then, suspend judgement for the fear. At the same time, the violence is deplorable and should be roundly condemned.
We are safe. The US government has published some very sensible bulletins and we are abiding by their advice. As well, we are in very regular contact with our local Malawian friends who are helping us a great deal. None of the us have been near violence or been threatened. We are in regular contact with the Presbyterian Church in Canada and they are prepared to aid us if need be.