In a society where men and women stick to their rigidly defined gender roles, this is a very rare occurance. It was my first time, at least, to see a man carrying his child in the same style as the women.

A friend of mine in the Malawian Peace Corps who lives in this village said that it happens only when a child is sick.

Still, maybe this means that the gender roles, styles, and family duties are not as rigid as they appear. There be some hope yet for Africa’s hardworking but undervalued women.