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Author Archive: Lucas

The Ambiguous Visitor

Names and other small details have been modified in order to respect the privacy of the people in this story. Otherwise, this tale is completely non-fictional. The first time I visited Patience’s mom was exactly a week after I arrived in Blantyre. On a sunny and calm Friday afternoon, Charles suggested we stop by the…

HIV/AIDS in Malawi

It’s been hard for me to realize that death, especially at a young age, has become commonplace in Malawi. Since the first documented case of AIDS in 1985, the life expectancy has dropped over 10 years, from 52 to slightly over 40. The adult HIV prevalence rate is estimated to be a staggering 12-14%, meaning…

Don’t Feed the Street Children

When I first arrived in Malawi, I would always give the street children a bit of money, maybe 5 of 10 Kwacha (about 4-8 cents Canadian). I felt for their destitute and only believed that my privileged status entitled me to share my wealth. They are many street kids too, running around with bare feet…

I am in Malawi….

First Reflections I can’t really figure out what to write about my experience so far in Africa. It could be the excitement of the first few days or crazy Scots we met and befriended at the guest house. It could be the people, who are all so friendly and welcoming, or the adventure on my…

Greetings all!

My name is Lucas Donlevy-Riddall and I just completed my second year at the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University, with a specialization in Development Studies. I’m originally from Vancouver where in high school I developed a strong liking of international affairs, which later bloomed into a passion for…