Friday, April 18, 2008

One More Post about Hunger

In Haiti, where three-quarters of the population earns less than $2 a day and one in five children is chronically malnourished, the one business booming amid all the gloom is the selling of patties made of mud, oil and sugar, typically consumed only by the most destitute.

"It’s salty and it has butter and you don’t know you’re eating dirt," said Olwich Louis Jeune, 24, who has taken to eating them more often in recent months. "It makes your stomach quiet down."

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In the sprawling slum of Haiti’s Cité Soleil, Placide Simone, 29, offered one of her five offspring to a stranger. "Take one," she said, cradling a listless baby and motioning toward four rail-thin toddlers, none of whom had eaten that day. "You pick. Just feed them."

I found these quotes, taken from an amazing New York Times article, on Little Blog in the Big Woods. His post today lays out some of the root problems and also what we must do.

It presents an angle that isn't always talked about. As Greenpa says, " Many of the causes of the world food crisis are beyond our immediate reach; we can't fix global warming this morning. But one cause is NOT beyond reach. It's HUGE-- and virtually UNRECOGNIZED." He's talking about the role of food speculation. Read his post for more details about what you can do.

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