This is what the city looks like in Malawi. Yes, the city looks run-down, poor and scary. But this is what many over the poor African countries look like. People are nice and crime is low in Malawi. It definitely one of the peaceful African countries.
Just in case you are wondering, there is no Mcdonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Starbucks etc. None of the international franchise exists in Malawi. I guess mainly because the people are too poor to afford such luxury franchises.