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In pictures: Malawi village
Short grass

The BBC News website looks at the impact Aids is having in the village of Njoho in southern Malawi.

It is village chief Ajasi Mphwala’s duty to cut a path through long grass surrounding the cemetery so families can bury their loved ones.

But with the HIV/Aids prevalence rate here nearing 50% and the worst food crisis in 10 years, coffin-bearing carts have long since turned the grass into a furrowed track.

“There are times I wish had never become chief,” he says.

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