Fuel Shortages

There are lots of fuel (petrol and diesel) shortages at the moment. One SIM missionary recently spent 3 days in a queue before he got some fuel. It isn’t unusual for people to spend a whole day in a queue even when they know fuel was delivered, nor to spend the whole day there and the pump to run dry just before you get to it. Sometimes you’ll see people having business meetings in their cars whilst they wait. There are other shortages too and many commodities, including food have gone up sharply in price. Last week the cost of petrol went up 30% overnight, which will mean other price increases in due course. During my first week back in Malawi one of my colleagues informed me that I’d arrived at a good time. All these shortages and difficulties are good for your character!