Mwana asingacheme anofira mumbereko.

Word definitions

mbereko: baby carrier in which a child is carried on a person’s back


A child who does not cry while on their mother’s back will die quietly.


Children cry when they need something. Literally, the proverb means that a child who does not cry will die while strapped to its mother’s back, with her unaware that something could be wrong.


One should ask for help when they need it, otherwise, they might never get it because those who can help are unaware.