By Mike Gwadani
Child rights and Anti Trafficking in person (TIP) activist has become the first Malawian to be recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a “hero” for his role in the fight against TIP in the Country.
According to U.S. Department of State website Matewere was among a group of individuals worldwide who got recognised during the launch of 2020 Trafficking in Person Report.
Reads part of the post ” In recognition of his tireless commitment to improving Malawians Anti-Trafficking response’s through his advocacy efforts and by leveraging relationships with government agencies and his selflessness in serving as a reliable ally of trafficking victims and their families”
Commenting on the development Matewere said it has not been an easy ride for him to acquire such a recognition.
“Many thanks to you all. For many years, I have put my life at risk but successfully managed to rescue many victims of trafficking in persons. I actually thought no one noticed. I thank God for my work” said Matewere.
He further revealed that according to the report Malawi has been upgraded from Tier 2 Watch list to Tier 2…
“Tier 1 is super perfect grading. We need to work hard to get to that level.. Tier 2 is better position. It means as a nation we are making good progress but Tier 2 Watch was a very big risk. It means that we needed to be very careful as the next drop to Tier 3 was going to be very challenging. It means that USA could have stopped all support including the 250 secondary school project, support for health, military, electricity etc. We need to congratulate ourselves for the improvement” said he.
Earlier this week Matewere in his personal capacity donated 100 copies of a book he has authored on the subject to pastors in Lilongwe.