For the Global Thinker

Friday, June 5, 2009

Haiti: A mud eating population warns the world

At a corner street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, a sweets vendor takes 5 cents from a schoolgirl and hands her what looks like a disk-size biscuit. The young girl breaks a portion and nibbles hesitatingly away. Her stomach hurts after having her third helping for the day, but Marie-Yvonne has to “fill it with something (…) because it hurts even more without anything inside”, which is why she got “the mud cake instead of candy”. She will go for another portion of mud cake before sundown.


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