Illustrations

Illustrator Kate Lumsden tells the story of Rute Fumulani, a child bride at the age of 14.

Now 16, Rute lost both her parents in catastrophic flooding that hit the village of Kachaso in Malawi’s Nsanje district in 2015. The flooding was the culmination of years of warming temperatures, drought and irregular rainfall.

Unable to manage alone, Rute married Fumulani in 2015 and the couple have a son, Thokozani, aged one year and two months.

They live in a two room hut with her husband’s nine year old brother, Eliya, and five year old sister, Amines. They earn a maximum of MWK 500 (about £0.50) on days they can find work and eat only on three days a week.

Rute says she blames herself and the other villagers for contributing to climate change by cutting down trees.

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