Malawi is so far the smallest country I visited on this expedition. It is also the country where I spent most time traveling. When I looked at the map, without a plan, when crossing the border I thought I would give it about two weeks before heading up to Tanzania. Yet, three weeks later here I am, back in the capital Lilongwe only just getting ready to explore the north.
This little gem in southern Africa is said to be the poorest country in Africa, it also has one of the highest rate of children per women in the world (average is about 5 children per woman) and it is also a country with some of the warmest people.
In the article on ‘How poor are poor countries’ I tried to explain why it is good to treat the statistics and numbers with caution. After all, although the researches try their best at estimating and calculating the statistics for population growth, economy, mortality rates etc. Many of those are still hard to gather, since those numbers are changing fast, are under/over reported or reported with a delay and even definitions or specifications of the cases are often misleading. (In rural areas the cause of death is sometimes just a guess, as it is not always in the doctors’ capacity to check for the cause of death, the definitions of child mortality also differs, from country to country even within European countries…).