Skip to comments.Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Dirt (A must read)
Posted on 01/30/2008 5:22:41 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau.
The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside slum where Charlene shares a two-room house with her baby, five siblings and two unemployed parents, cookies made of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening have become a regular meal.
"When my mother does not cook anything, I have to eat them three times a day," Charlene said. Her baby, named Woodson, lay still across her lap, looking even thinner than the slim 6 pounds 3 ounces he weighed at birth.
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Should I care?
Only if you care at all about your fellow man.
These people are not terrorists, and do not deserve to be eating dirt. If you cannot see that and actually need that to be pointed out to you, then I cannot help you.
One more thing.
The USA gives hundreds of mills to the PA which overtly supports terrorism, which innocent people in OUR OWN HEMISPHERE are eating dirt.
Something is seriously wrong with that picture.
I read about it yesterday. They eat dirt along with shortening and sugar in a regular cookie. It probably has more to do with ignorance than being poor.
Is this a lefty paper or more centrist?
The end results of big government nanny state socialism.
These liberals are so dependent on the governmet, they can’t even feed themselves without the food being handed to them.
I guess the government didn’t give her a condom either.
Not sure what your angle is... are you saying the US should be buying them food? If so, I disagree, just as I disagree with a lot of the aid we give foreign countries. If you’re approacing it from a humanitarian / charity (read: NON-gov’t) then I couldn’t agree more.
Actually, read the article.
It has to do with economics. Nobody CHOOSES to eat dirt.
Thank you Bill Clinton for the Haitian misery.
Re: The end results of big government nanny state socialism.
Haiti has no social security, nor welfare, nor unemployment benefits.
Do you have any idea at all what you are talking about?
How conservative of you, sir...you must REALLY be a Mitt Romney fan!
No angle at all.
But if you think people eating dirt is perfectly acceptable, that speaks volumes about yourself.
It’s heart wrenching. That, and the fact that North Koreans are eating grass.
It’s all because of politics - corrupt, selfish, power-hungry leaders in those backward Hell-holes, and apathy on the part of the rest of the world’s politicians.
Apparently Paris Hilton is more important, according to the “news” media.
One day this world will be run right. Come, Lord Jesus!
I don’t want to see anyone hungry but Haiti is a hodge podge of corruption ineptness and thuggery.
Billions have been dropped on the country in the form of international aid to no avail.
This basket case is a lost cause as is Africa. Doesn’t matter how much aid is given it is wasted or stolen.
I’ve lost any hope for Haiti.
Also I have met several Haitians from the higher class there and they are hard working good folks but the vast majority are woefully ignorant and uneducated and pathetic.
Re: the vast majority are woefully ignorant and uneducated and pathetic.
One could say the same about the corrupt ruling class of that country.
Charlene shares a two-room house with her baby, five siblings and two unemployed parents
No mention of father,or birth control maybe a shipment of condoms would be better?
Exactly. Sending them food will not alleviate the hunger. It will just rot in warehouses while the people starve
What does that cold comment have to do with Mitt Romney?
Thank God someone sees how wrong this is.
Again, that depends on what the solution is. You are essentially trying to guilt me into caring by suggesting I must be a horrible person if I don’t. That kind of tactic will always backfire on people like me.
They eat dirt because they are ignorant. That also explains why they are poor, why 16 year olds and younger have children when the family is already starving, and why AIDS is a big problem down there.
Actually in the US, they do. Clay Eating
amen to that.
I mean as you "care for your fellow man", and all that.
Or do you expect the thieves in government to play Robin Hood by stealing from the haves & giving it to the havenots?
If you read this article and maintain that bc Haiti is corrupt (as it is) and therefore the people must starve, then yes, I am making a judgement about you.
The USA sends BILLIONS every years to countries which overtly support terrorism, and yet truly innocent people are eating dirt. At the very LEAST, I would advocate moving every dollar of aid from the PA to Haiti.
What do you suggest we do about it?
Whenever I travel to third-world countries on trips, I always take a third suitcase of medicines which cannot be gotten there. I am not saying this to brag, but since you called into question my motives, this must be shared.
Just bc the situation looks beyond hope does not mean we should not try to help.
If I recall, a segment of black pregnant women seem to have a thing about eating corn starch. I read this years ago, don’t remember the reasoning behind it, but it always stuck with me.
I’ve worked with a few of the educated rich ruling class from Haiti and they were very good folk.
Touche', okay it was out of line...but the "why should I care about poor people eating dirt" seems to mesh in with a lot of the posted philosophy of his supporters here on FR lately.
Did you post this just so you could criticise people’s responses?
Ask John Donne, and if you don't understand that, read a book.
I thought Bill Clinton solved this by removing the military junta. What happened?
This quote is not always applicable, but it certainly is in the case of Haiti IMO:
“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime” -Balzac
Actually no. I thought people would have a much different response.
One cannot profess to be Christian and then say “should I care?” when confronted with fellow men being forced to eat dirt. Period.
I guess I just don’t see that, except when it has to do with illegals in our country. Then, things get emotional!
“Haiti has no social security, nor welfare, nor unemployment benefits”
Sure they do. For the rulers and their military who protect them.
The food is hoarded and controlled by those in power.
It’s rationed out.
Our welfare system works the same way. Foods stamps are rationed/capped.
Their situation as just an extreme example when that type of system fails.
No incentive to work.
No incentive to feed yourself.
When the government takes and takes and takes, as Hillary wants to do, to provide womb to tomb coverage for your every waking need, pretty soon there will be no need to be self supportive.
Then you end up like Haiti. Government controlled everything.
Don't use the "we send billions in aid" crap with me, I told you in a previous post that I don't approve of that either. This situation can be handled through donations of people, time, money, and education.
Judge that however you wish.
Nope, it's only starving babies, don't give it a second thought, someone might think you're a Christian or something.
Something I need to point out to you is that when the Haitians took over their half of the island, it was a propserous sugar growing area and was also producing other crops.
Please note that South Africa was also once wealthy, that Rhodesia was a land of well tended farms with a food surplus and a stable economy.
Around the world, not one black country has ever succeeded.
Could this be because not one black country has adopted the American government system(pre-socialist phase, that is) and thus reaped the benefits we have?
Haiti has worked long and hard to sink into the hopeless pit of cultural and social degradation which it diligently worked for generations to create.
Hongkong is a mere rocky bit of land, and has a population which makes Haiti seem empty by comparison. Yet Hongkong is wealthy.
In closing, the American black community has also been severely damaged by the abandonment of American values in the welfare era which LBJ created (the “Great Society”).
That socialist wet dream turned out to be neither ‘great” not supportive of anything resembling a “society”.
hat it produced was a population of thugs, druggies, thieves, and a plethora of unpaid prostitutes usually called “welfare mothers”.
Lest you think the “Great Society” negatively impacted only blacks, consider that before the administration of LBJ, black bastardy level was about 25%. Now, it is some 80%.
PS Thanks to LBJ, white bastardy is up to 25%.
By all means help away, if you think you must.
I just wouldn't be too quick in chastising others for an opposing view. You know, one born out of the belief in self-reliance?
Read an article years ago about Haiti. The thesis was that their economic woes stem mainly from a poor tradition of supporting property rights. Their neighbor, the Dominican Republic has better support for property rights and a sounder economy.
Re: Around the world, not one black country has ever succeeded.
Wow. So if they had the fortune of being born somewhere else by chance) say Saudi Arabia or other oil producing countries, then they would have “succeeded”?
If this is your measure of whether a people succeed or not, I think you need to reevaluate your logic.
Economics is a function of, and the net result of, the society in which it exists. It is also a useful measure of that society.
Haiti, for all practical purposes, has no real social system.
Thugs and thieves do not a government make.
I’m sorry but if I have resorted to feeding my family dirt just to survive I have shirked my duty do kick the living crap out of some leaders. I’d rather be a bullet ridden corpse than beg for food while I give my kid anothe dirt cookie. Wtf is wrong with these people?
Same goes for starving north koreans. Its hard to feel bad for folks who aren’t creative enough to stand up and fight. Dead is better than destitute.