Church Leader Calls on Drug Lords to Back Off Youth in Malawi
14 March 2019 | A female Adventist leader in Malawi has made a public appeal for drug lords in the country to stop targeting youth in drug sales.
Edith Mkawa, head of the denomination’s Department of International and National Alcohol and Drug Dependency (INADD), made the call in the country’s Mzuzu zone during a March 7 meeting aimed at curbing drug and substance abuse.
Mkawa said that drug sales to youth were leading to deaths and mental issues among youth with positive potential to help Malawi.
“The development of this country is in the hands of the youth. It is unfair to sell drugs to young people,” said Mkawa.
The leader also called on parents to monitor their children to make sure they are not involved in drug abuse. She stressed that the wrong friends can negatively influence children and encourage drug abuse.
Mkawa also appealed to youth themselves to avoid drugs for the sake of a better Malawi.
According to the denomination’s Office of Archives, Statistics and Research, the Malawi Union Conference had 530,767 members as of June 30, 2017.