For many individuals living in rural Africa, there is no safe way to
In Malawi, for example, a bus ticket, even for minibuses that cram 2
dozen riders and their baggage into a vehicle built to seat nine, is priced
out of reach for many rural Malawians. So travelers turn to less expensive
alternatives, such as walking or open-bed pickup trucks that operate like
"Passengers jump in the back of the pickup, give the driver some money,
and jump out when they get where they want to go," says Thomas J. Vitaglione,
MPH, a senior fellow at the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute, who spent
time in Malawi last year to assist with an orphan care project that he helped
to establish in 1995.
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