The world’s hunger is getting so absurd that you will find more food in a rich man’s shampoo than in a poor man’s plate. One of the heart-wrenching story with this fight of hunger comes from the slums of Haiti, North America.
In Haiti, majority of people survive on less than $2 per day. With the increase in food prices, poor people are left with no choice other than eating mud to fight their hunger. Yes, you read it right.
People in the slums of Haiti are forced to make out something from dirt and filth, to save themselves from starving, and same has been happening since last 10 years.
If you stroll through Cite Soleil in Haiti, you would be dismayed to see women cooking in dusty courtyard, molding mixture of clay, salt and vegetable oil to form large number of cookies and leaving them to get baked in the scorching sun.
These finished mud platters are food and not any utensil to hold food. The makers gather them all up and sell in streets.
The poor people in Haiti cannot even afford to buy 2 cups of rice, which costs for only 60 cents, while rich Americans, which happens to be their neighbors, tang up their food with all sorts of expensive ingredients.
Apparently, the law of demand and supply also worked here, and the prices of clay spiked up because of the increased demand. It now costs for around 5 dollars to make 100 cookies, so even the “cookie jar” is a big ticket for the poor who manages to earn only 2 dollars per day. Luckily, the dirt comes free in this world.
We, as a responsible civilizations are somewhere held accountable to let this happen in such a booming economy. Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, have all been honored as great humanitarians for donating tens-of-billion dollars to help fighting the world’s poverty. However, the suffering of Haitians remains acute with the reasons unexplained.
It’s pretty much obvious that eating mud isn’t good for health. The parasites and bacteria present in dirt are the source of many diseases. Feeding on mud also leads to malnutrition. Pregnant women are left with no choice, they also eat mud cookies as their primary source of calcium to nourish themselves and their unborn child.
With the booming price of food, more and more Haitian’s are going to confide on mud as their source of survival.
“I’m hoping for a day when I’ll have enough food to eat, so I can stop eating these as I know it is not good for me and my family,” says Maria Noel, who sells the cookies in a market to sustain life with her seven children.
Think about these people before wasting your meal.
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