News: Poor Haitians Resort to Eating Dirt

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. (full article)

Source: NY Times and International Aid Workers Today. Picture courtesy WFP (Alejandro Chicheri)


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