“For many, this is not their first displacement as they were already affected by cyclones Ana and Idai in recent years, from which the households and the nation at large had not fully recovered,” wrote Pillay. “We note that the country was also battling a protracted cholera outbreak, and this tragedy couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time.”
As churches opened to provide shelter and help respond to people’s needs, those actions provide a beacon of hope, noted Pillay.
“Your resilience and unwavering faith in the face of adversity inspire and encourage us, and we are committed to doing our part to ease the suffering caused by this calamity,” he wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate this challenging period, and we continue to stand in solidarity with you now as we have done in the past.”
Pillay also reiterated the WCC’s urgent calls for addressing the climate emergency.
“We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ gives you all the strength and wisdom to support the suffering and vulnerable people, and we pray that Malawi will emerge from this challenge stronger,” wrote Pillay.