Malawi’s President Slammed for Sending Workers to Israel Amid Gaza Conflict

Malawi’s opposition parties and human rights organizations have slammed President Lazarus Chakwera and his administration for sending 221 young Malawians to Israel to work in agriculture.

This decision, which took effect on Saturday, follows Israel’s recent aid donation of $60 million (£47 million) targeted at assisting Malawi’s economic recovery.

The labor export agreement has been criticized due to worries about its secrecy and the potential risks to people at a time when Israel is at war with the Palestinian Hamas group.

“Sending people to a war-torn country like Israel, where some countries are withdrawing their labour is something unheard of,” Malawian opposition leader Kondwani Nankhumwa told the BBC.

He also questioned why the administration had kept the agreement secret, finally alerting parliament on November 22 of a proposal to move workers to an unnamed country.

The government has justified the agreement, claiming that Malawians will be sent to Israel and other nations to “fulfill this administration’s commitment to job creation and youth empowerment.”

The government also guaranteed Malawians of their safety and security, stating that they will work in areas “classified as fit and safe” and will be supplied with medical insurance and repatriation measures.

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