Yesterday was the first day off from writing since this whole ordeal began. Today much the same: sun, shade, and books, Some spirited games of cards to pass the time, lunches, dinners, amazing sunsets, great to experience, not much to talk about. We chatted with the proprietor yesterday about the tragi-comic parade of dysfunction that peppers the day to day activities of so much of Malawi: a German project to get locals to raise guinea fowl (which would be more expensive than the chickens which they already can’t afford) failed irrigation projects, misguided aide, poorly planned expenditures, failures to do the most basic research, laziness, numbskullery, boobishness, and flast out wastes of money and resources. Idiocy is rampant here, and more and more is pumped in everyday to counteract the horrible effects of this epidemic.
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