Saturday, May 1, 2010

Reflections while visiting Malawi

Here I am visiting Malawi, one of the poorest countries in Africa, and wondering how come we cannot do more with what we have in Honduras. Malawi is a country where the Gross Domestic Product per Capita is $288 per year (Honduras is $1,830), life expectancy is 54 years total (Honduras is 72 years), and has incredible problems with HIV/AID, malnutrition, malaria and other diseases.

Although one can argue that comparing our own situation in Honduras with a poorer country such as Malawi, can be seen as an application of the saying "mal de muchos, consuelo de tontos", in the end we have advanced more that what we give ourselves credit. I think if we truly put our heads together to solve our problems we can get somewhere. This is what I want to pursue, a true independent spirit that does not rely on anybody but our own, and on fair and profitable exchanges and trade with other nations.

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