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Haitians Eat Mud Cakes

Dirt Cakes & Ding-Dongs: Haiti & US Face Unique Food Crises

With my appetite sufficiently dampened by the up-to-the minute reports of McCain's facial growth, this story erased it completely, and the picture reduced me to tears. These children live in the Haitian, Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil. Some kids make mud pies for play — but the children in the picture survive on dirt cakes. They eat them.

Like in the pictures below, the cakes are molded of mud and fat and allowed to dry in the sun, the only form of sustenance many Haitians can afford after rice and bean prices have risen 100 percent. One woman who makes the dirt cakes says, "it stops the hunger. You eat them when you have to."


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The Director of the aid agency Christian Aid says, "food is available but people cannot afford to buy it. If the situation gets worse we could have starvation in the next six to 12 months." Food aid has been delayed.

While more than 50 percent of Haitians are undernourished, a new study about the state of the future of the US waistline is even harder to stomach. To see it and a clever way you can help feed the hungry,

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By the year 2030, most adults in the US will be overweight or obese according to a new study to be published in the July issue of the Obesity journal. By most, they mean 86 percent. Health care spending is projected to be as much as $957 billion, with one in every six bucks spent going to obesity related care.

While obesity in the US is a now a public health crisis, you can help provide food for people with the exact opposite problem, without leaving your computer. The UN World Food Programme has a vocabulary game called FreeRice. For every correct answer, you give a donation of 20 grains of rice to the WFP. I just donated 100 right now. Put your thinking cap on and get clicking. These kids need it.

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milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
Thanks...now I'll be able to keep track. :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I meant to ask that, too. Thanks for asking, milosmommy.And thanks for the info, jude!:highfive:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I meant to ask that, too. Thanks for asking, milosmommy. And thanks for the info, jude! :highfive:
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
About 3500, milosmommy :)
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
About 3500, milosmommy :)
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
Yes thanks for the site. I'm going to be keeping it up here at work all the time now to go and do a word when ever I get a chance. It's good for me, it's good for others, it's a win-win situation. Jude, I was wondering about the number of grains per bowl thing myself, what did you guys come up with?
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Level 48...I need to go to bed!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Got to level 44 tonight before the crazy words became too much for me... :p
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I get so mad at Free Rice when it drops me down a level for getting one wrong and then I have to get three right to get back up! It irks me. :rant:
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Very true.We got so obsessed with it one night that we figured out how many grains are in a bowl so that we could tell how many bowls we'd contributed. It was something like 5 in one day.We felt really good about ourselves that day.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Very true. We got so obsessed with it one night that we figured out how many grains are in a bowl so that we could tell how many bowls we'd contributed. It was something like 5 in one day. We felt really good about ourselves that day.
stephley stephley 7 years
I guess if it boosts the rice totals Jude, our pain is worth it. :tread:
stephley stephley 7 years
I guess if it boosts the rice totals Jude, our pain is worth it. :tread:
stephley stephley 7 years
I guess if it boosts the rice totals Jude, our pain is worth it.:tread:
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I always get so embarrassed with myself when I have to start dropping levels in order to get moving again :(
stephley stephley 7 years
FreeRice makes me feel smart until I plateau, then it makes me feel pathetic until I start moving again...
browneyedchica browneyedchica 7 years
CitzenSugar, it would be great if you would also include other sites to visit that could help in the fight against hunger.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I love the FreeRice website. It makes me feel smart :nerdgirl:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I love the FreeRice website. It makes me feel smart :nerdgirl:
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 7 years
I'm so glad you all like the Rice site! And thank you for your great comments on this story.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
We've overthrown Aristide twice. Each time was followed by mass murders, starvation and military rule. Normally I'd say we're not responsible, but this one is on us entirely and Bill Clinton specifically.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Thank you for the site Citizen. In five minutes I just gave 720 grains of rice! And, I will do it often. Again, thank you!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Well said Auntie.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Well said Auntie.
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