Nsanje woman stuck in flood victims’ camp

It’s over five months since Malawi witnessed a heavy downpour that led to floods in some parts of the country.

Modester Saopa

The fierce waters swept livestock, hectares of farmland aside of destroying infrastructure like roads, bridges and houses of people in the country.

Modester Saopa and her family in Nsanje district are among people who lost property in the ferocious waters.

Together with her family, Modester Saopa joined other 866 victims at Lalanje flood victims in the district for temporary home away from home that was turned to be memorial with forceful water that swept her village.

Weeks later, she lost her husband while at the camp, leaving her with responsibility of taking care of seven children that the two had together on her.

“That day, my husband went to the garden, he was okay and he never complained of body pains. While there, he started complaining that he was not feeling okay and he fell down, when we took him to the hospital, he was pronounced dead,” explained Modester while failing to hold her emotions.

Death of her husband opened another chapter of more hard life for Modester Saopa and the seven children, with the first daughter aged 17 requiring school fees to be paid at Fatima Girls Secondary.

With other victims regaining strength of resettling in other places, Modester Saopa sees herself and the children being trapped at the camp with problems to start a new life.

“I need to build a new house, and we are being advised not to go to those areas that are prone to floods, that means I must buy land for me to build another house,” she said.

Building a resilient infrastructure that she can proudly call a house for herself and the children is another dream that has been blocked with the high cost of building materials.

The future of her daughter who wish to become a nurse once done with school faces resistance of tuition fees to be achieved.

As days pass by with sun rise and sun set, Modester Saopa holds her worries on her first daughter whom she described as an “intelligent” girl who faces drop out of school.

“If my daughter had completed her studies, she could have been the one providing support to me,” She explained further.

She pleaded with well-wishers to come forth and support the daughter with school fees.

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Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
1 year ago

A Dausi ndi boma lawo la DPP analandira over K300 billion zothandizira kudya & zambiri zinali zothandiza resettlement zituluke apa zithandize banjali.

namatetule
1 year ago

Ana 7 mumabeleka mukuganiza chani? Kodi ngakhale bambo ao akanakhala moyo could he have afforded the fees. Time we learnt to be responsible. Amai awa akwatiwanso, mumva kuti abelekanso ana ena kuonjezera pa 7

DRAKE
DRAKE
1 year ago
Reply to  namatetule

If you cant help just keep quite dont pose as if you are intelligent here you heartless munthu. loosing a husband unexpectedly is a bomb and a man is a provider and breadwinner in the villages, please be careful when commenting

Nzika
Nzika
1 year ago

Gertrude Mutharika, uli kuti? Ntchitotu ndi imeneyo. Osangoba ndalama zathu ndi mwamuna wakoyo n’kumapita ku graduation ya mwana wako ku UK. Mayi Saopa akusowa chithandizo iwe ukungoseweretsa ndalama zathu!

Elijah Jumbo
Elijah Jumbo
1 year ago

Please I need some help on how best I reach out to the family. Mr. Bisani??

Ascot
Ascot
1 year ago
Reply to  Elijah Jumbo

I may go tomorow to Nsanje, to meet this family. You can join me (0999 390 661)

Elijah Phiri

Ascot
Ascot
1 year ago

Luke Bisani, please advise on how we can reach that family. Any contacts?
call me please on 0999390661

critical thinker
critical thinker
1 year ago

yet we have cats who are eating billions of taxpayers money, leaving the saopas with no hope. puke government with their rotten system of doing things

GANGWAYI
GANGWAYI
1 year ago

MUIMBIRE CHIMULIRENJI NDIYE MWINI WAKE WA CAMP UKUKHALAYO.

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