Trip Start Oct 26, 2007
54Trip End Oct 26, 2009
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From the BBC site: FACTS
Full name: The Republic of Malawi
Population: 13.9 million (UN, 2007)
Area: 118,484 sq km (45,747 sq miles)
Major languages: English, Chichewa (both official)
Major religions: Christianity, Islam
Life expectancy: 48 years (men), 48 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Malawi kwacha (MK) = 100 tambala
Main exports: Tobacco, tea, sugar, cotton
GNI per capita: US $160 (World Bank, 2006)
Internet domain: .mw
International dialling code: +265
For three decades Malawi's destiny was tied to the whims of its totalitarian president-for-life, Kamuzu Banda, who enjoyed being surrounded by dancing women and who encouraged people to betray relatives who criticised his rule.
In the mid-1990s he buckled under popular pressure to hold elections, and lost - finally giving Malawians a taste for multi-party democracy.