It’s a disaster’: children bear brunt of southern Africa’s devastating drought

by Lucy Lamble

The meal of dried bean leaves with a tomato prepared by 83-year-old Rosa Mastindi in Mbavari – the only crop she has been able to grow. Her grandson Success, 18, has had to drop out of school. They cannot afford cooking oil. Photograph: Lucy Lamble/The Guardian

In southern Malawi and Zimbabwe, drought is overwhelming communities, forcing families to rely on meals of leaves and watermelon soup.