Drought Magnifies Hunger, Suffering of Children in Malawi: Rural Village Tracks Malnutrition’s Toll on Young

by Craig Timberg

MBADZO, Malawi — One by one, the women of this hungry village untied their babies from their backs and hung them on a scale dangling from the limb of a mango tree. As a volunteer called out the weights, Anna Bande, a nurse, grimly plotted the toll of southern Africa’s latest drought on Malawi’s young.