To celebrate the World Wildlife Day (2nd April 2015) many wildlife conservation organisations as well as general public marched in Lilongwe to also demand an end to the wildlife crime in Malawi. The highlight of the march was supposed to be the burn of the Malawi government’s ivory stock in front of the Parliament house. This event would have been historical in Malawi and thousands of people have been waiting for it to happen, petitioning the government to make this decision. However, the burn got postponed to some day in the future when all the rest of the government stock that wasn’t available at the moment because of ongoing court cases, would be available to pile it up and burn all together. This news was of course massive disappointment to all the people who had been preparing for the day and for the concrete action to stop ivory trade.
Last week I was working full time, assisting on the primate rescue and rehab course at the LWC so couldn’t go to the march but Nigel and the girls marched along with members from the LWC team and went to see the pile of ivory, waiting to be burned. The President of Malawi gave a speech to promise that the ivory will be burned and more resources will be allocated to the prevention of wildlife crime. You so hope that this will happen and change the situation of wildlife in Malawi at the moment, poaching being rampant.
Thankfully, there has been some rain so we hope that the corn harvest won’t be a total failure.
Last week we have also celebrated the 7th birthday of Saara - in the ‘Frozen’-movie style by the Mabuya camp pool. This was fathers and daughters – party because I was at work in the LWC on that afternoon and the friends who came, came with their dads, their mums also being at work. But to compensate for my absence from the pool party I had made blueberry pie for breakfast. And yes, last Sunday we had our own swimming gala (Hebron school swimming gala would have been on Tuesday, and we wanted to do our own as well because the kids were missing the school swimming gala this year) with snacks and roasting marshmallows by the pool. And girls and their friends swim-racing and cannon-ball-jumping and having wonderful time. We will miss Mabuya camp pool as we move forward soon.
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