Photos of a Garden near Thondwe Village
This garden is but one of many in the Zomba District near to the southeast area of Zomba mountain which shows the effect of drought. This garden, like many others in the area, was planted after the first rain, a rain which did not soak the ground, but only made the soil moist enough to cause seed to sprout and come up. Out of desperation and in hope of rain continuing to come, many people planted. As you can see, their planting has been for nothing. The condition of the plants is such that a rain today would not reverse the damage the plants have already suffered because of the lack of water. Everywhere we traveled today in the southeast area of Zomba district, Dec. 7, 2002, all the gardens looked similar to this one, and some even worse.