Deputy Foreign Minister for Overseas Greeks Terens Quick met with the vice president of the Greek community in Malawi Christos Skordis, at the Foreign ministry in Lilongwe, the capital where the community has the church of Agios Nektarios.
“I must say that I feel ashamed that in yet another sub-Saharan country where there is a small but very dynamic Greek community, no member of a Greek government has ever set foot,” Quick said, expressing support for overseas Greeks living in Africa.
Malawi has 120 residents of Greek descent – including third-generation children – who are mostly involved in tobacco cultivation and trade. The majority originate from the North Aegean island of Limnos. Diplomatically, Malawi belongs to the jurisdiction of the Greek embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Skordis told the minister that their main concern is keeping their Greek language, and asked for a digital language-learning program and access to the national broadcaster ERT, to see films, programs and news.
“We may live far away, we may need a 24-hour trip by airplane to come to Athens, but we miss Greece, we love Greece a lot and we miss it even more ever since access to ERT was cut in the summer of 2013,” he said.
He also asked Quick to visit the Greek community in Malawi as well as those in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Zambia.