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article imageMice on a stick eaten in Malawi

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Aug 8, 2009 in Lifestyle
The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa. The country is among the least developed and most densely populated in the world.
Because of hunger catching mice and putting them on a stick has become a delicacy.
Malawi has a population of 12 million and is among the poorest countries in the world. They suffer from diseases and hunger which is made worse by periodic droughts and crop failure.
Because of the lack of food mice have become a delicacy in Malawi. The mice are cooked, dried or salted and and then strung on a stick and sold in markets or at roadside stalls.
After corn harvest the mice are plump from eating grains, fruits, grass and insects. Kapuku are the most commonly eaten mice, they are gray and have a shorter tail than the common rat.
Young boys go into the fields to catch the mice but they have to be very quick. Now the villagers have come up with a way to trap the mice.
One method they use is to dig holes and put clay pots filled with water into the holes. They then smear the mouth of the pots with fried corn husks. As the mice fight for the husks some will fall into the water filled pot and drown.
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