Zimbabwe has many regional problems, Only 1% of the country is covered by water. Zimbabwe has 12.5 million people and 38% are living in the large cities, the capital alone has 1.6 million people. It is still one of the major HIV/AIDs problems in Africa, 1.2 million people live with HIV/AIDs and 83,000 people died in 2009 because of it. On the positive note Zimbabwe has one of the highest literacy rates on the continent with a literacy rate around 90.7%. Female literacy rate around 87.2% and 90.7% of people over 15 can at least read and write.
However, even with all of the natural resources and high literacy rate it remains one of the poorest countries in Africa today with 92% unemployment rates and majority of people live in poverty with 1.25$ a day.
Poor leadership and high corruption are some of the major problems in Zimbabwe today. The “president” has been ruling for 3 decades and is considered one of the worst leaders ever.
Other major problems include poverty, corruption, prostitution, malnutrition and recently carjacking, street crime and credit card fraud have been increasing; there has also been an increase in the murder of foreigner in Zimbabwe. Prostitution has really increased the problem of AIDs, there is an estimated 565 adults and children infected with AIDs everyday.
By: Elona Myftaraj
Malawi is located between Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania. Half of the country is made up of its large lake (Lake Malawi). The capitol, Lilongwe, is located in the center. The country also has two small islands located on the river, Chizumulu and Locoma.
Malawi, a sub-saharan, third-world country has been struggling politically and economically, with the death of their President, some environmental problems, ad things of the like. Just recently on April 9th, after two days of political panic, Ms. Joyce Banda was sworn in as Malawian President.
By: Anthony Torrance