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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."






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,


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 8 years I'll be able to keep track. :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I meant to ask that, too. Thanks for asking, milosmommy. And thanks for the info, jude! :highfive:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
About 3500, milosmommy :)
milosmommy milosmommy 8 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 8 years
Level 48...I need to go to bed!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Got to level 44 tonight before the crazy words became too much for me... :p
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 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 8 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 8 years
I guess if it boosts the rice totals Jude, our pain is worth it. :tread:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I always get so embarrassed with myself when I have to start dropping levels in order to get moving again :(
stephley stephley 8 years
FreeRice makes me feel smart until I plateau, then it makes me feel pathetic until I start moving again...
browneyedchica browneyedchica 8 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 8 years
I love the FreeRice website. It makes me feel smart :nerdgirl:
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
I'm so glad you all like the Rice site! And thank you for your great comments on this story.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 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 8 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 8 years
Well said Auntie.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
The USofA has a weight problem, sure, but food not eaten HERE doesn't end up going to Haiti or any other Country with starving people. Go look in the dump containers outside the back doors of every grocery store and you'll see tons of food tossed because it's out-dated and no consumer purchased it when it was fresh. But we're not going to repackage the rotting food and send it to Haiti. It's the responsibility of the LEADERS of the other Countries to work out a plan to feed their own population. Every starving person is not the USofA's fault. Leaders of other Countries MUST be held accountable by the public, theirs as well as ours. We don't "owe" anyone anything, but the USofA has a history of helping other Countries with seeds, grains and other foodstuffs. Countries with starving populations need to be scrutinized to find out where their money and resources go. Some Countries have "fat" leaders and starving populations. WHY? Answer that question before you go feeling sympathetic and sending money to the UN. They have a very poor track record for getting food to starving populations, but a great track record for kickbacks, etc. If you want to help financially, Catholic Social Services is the best organization to donate to. Check them out.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I don't think American overconsumption is responsible, I think the fact that we continually overthrow their democratically elected leaders might have more to do with it.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yeah, I love that website as well. Brandon and I keep it up on our computer all the time so we can see how many grains of rice we've donated over the weeks we've been playing it. 86% obese? I don't think that American overconsumption is to blame for other countries' food crises, but that statistic is still upsetting on so many levels.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I have also been using that website for awhile - and agree that it is great! These stories make me feel sick. I am ashamed that I was annoyed at Starbucks this morning that they were out of my usual breakfast croissant and I had to "settle" for a scone. :oops: THIS story really put that into perspective!
em1282 em1282 8 years
Hearing about these stories and then going to your local Sam's Club or Costco where you can get a 40 gallon tub of mayonnaise just really makes me upset at the delay with giving aid. Just unacceptable...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I love that website! I read about it on Perez a while ago. (I don't go on Perez any more, so you know it was a long time ago.) Anyway, it's so much fun. And it adjusts to your vocab level, so it's great for everyone.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
That website is awesome. Increase my vocab and donate while I'm doing it. The delays in aid are heart breaking. :(
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