Tuesday, January 29, 2008

On Haiti's menu --- dirt for dinner

At .05¢ each

The Republic of Haiti has a history punctuated by brief moments of triumph and long periods of tragedy. The latest peril is at a fundamental level.

According to the Associated Press the poverty in Haiti has become so extreme that today the people are eating Mud cookies, made from a recipe of dirt, salt and vegetable shortening. Rising food costs and shortages due to the devastation of hurricanes are partly to blame. Yet one cannot overlook the abject poverty, political corruption and neo-colonial rule as a cause of their suffering.

Haiti remains the least-developed country in the western hemisphere, ranking 146th of 177 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index. The article notes that 76% of Haitian live on less than $2.25 a day, and 55%t live on less than $1.13 a day ("One dollar per every human being!" - Mos Def).

Another tragic example from a failed murdered state.

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