FW: Malawi News: Ireland
- i think this i out of the irish media so the documentary is probably not
airing on this side of the pond tpnight.
From: BowyerBell@... [mailto:BowyerBell@...]
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2000 10:42 AM
Subject: Malawi News: Ireland
You can read of the kind of Malawi Irish people I know but then wouldn't
TV film on priest's fight against Malawi regime
By Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent
A TG4 documentary to be broadcast at 8.15 tonight tells the story of an
priest who played a significant role in Malawi's transition to democracy.
Father Pádraig Ó Máille, from Louisburgh, Co Mayo, was deported from Malawi
in 1992 for campaigning against the one-party Hastings Banda regime.
He was a university lecturer in Zomba and brought violations of human rights
in Malawi, including detention of political prisoners, to international
attention through Amnesty International and the BBC World Service.
A year after Father Ó Máille was deported, the people of Malawi voted for
multi-party democracy in a referendum. When the United Democratic Party came
to power in 1994 the detention centres were closed down, political prisoners
were released and the ban on media reporting was lifted.
Father Ó Máille was appointed Ireland's honorary consul to Malawi after the
transition to democracy and recently returned there with a TG4 Nuacht team.
Malawi is rated the sixth-poorest country in the world. A quarter of newborn
children die in infancy, half the population of working age have no
employment and up to 30 per cent of those between 20 and 40 have HIV or
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