In case you're in need of a little protein you may want to try out one of Malawi's delicacies: dried grasshoppers. Children use these many pronged arrow like sticks to spear their prey, then pin their captured grasshoppers on a long stick. When the stick is filled, the kids stand alongside the road and any passer-by can purchase them for a few kwacha.
If you're not in the mood for grasshoppers, small mice and birds are also popular. To capture the mice the boys set a small plot of dried grass on fire, and when the grass burns, exposing the mice holes, the boys simply bang on the holes and the mice run out of their exits to meet their untimely demise from a well aimed miniature spear. It's not a favourite meal among the upper class Malawians, but when food and money is scarce it's something to fill the belly.
Didn't try it, I must admit.
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