My son Shaun will be off to Malawi shortly for a couple of months, to undertake some fieldwork for his course in Hydrogeology at Strathclyde University. So, what with my other son Jamie currently working in Ethiopia, that will be both sons on the same continent. In fact, they may meet up, as Jamie has some work pending in Lilongwe.
It’s over 30 years since Lindsey and I lived in Malawi, and I’m sure that much has changed since then.
Above is the first house we lived in, in Kalimbuka, Zomba. When we were burgled, we moved into a better-protected house, shown below, nearer the university.
It was while I was looking at the old photos above, which we showed to Shaun, that I thought about whether it would be possible for Shaun to meet anyone we’d known who might still be living in Malawi. Just about everyone I knew at the University of Malawi has moved on or retired, but then I thought about contacting the family of our cook, Doviko. Doviko himself sadly passed away a number of years ago, but we used to be in touch with his daughter, who was born while he worked for us.
So I looked out some letters received in the past and tried a couple of old email addresses mentioned in them, but they no longer worked. There were some phone numbers, so I tried these, again without success, except that one of them reported a fault, rather than being completely not working. When we tried this number later, we got through to a rather surprised Triphonia (Doviko’s daughter). Well, it will be very good if Shaun can meet up with Triphonia while he is in Malawi, and take something out for her mother.