Dzaleka Refugee camp, Dowa District, August 2020. Musago Mirida is a mother of 3 and a refugee from Burundi in Malawi. She was born a refugee in Tanzania in the 1970s. In 2012, she went back to Burundi and stayed there for two years. In Burundi, she lived along the lake Tanganyika. Her husband was a fisherman and she was cultivating rice, sweet potatoes, plantain. When they came back to Burundi, neighbors were not happy since they were competing for natural resources (water and land) which have become more scarce with the impact of climate change. This evolved into an open conflict and because of violence, she had to leave Burundi to Malawi in 2014. Now, she depends on the food assistance and she works in people’s fields to have some money to buy clothes for her children. Thanks to USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) support, Musago and 45,000 refugees living in Malawi are receiving cash assistance which enable them to buy food in the local market (such as rice in the picture).
Climate Refugees in Malawi
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