31 Jul When ‘Dirt Poor’ is Taken Literally

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JUAN SAYS: We chanced upon these photos on facebook that made us skeptical about it. It might just be one of those “blown out of proportion photos” where the people of Haiti were actually making pottery and somebody just deliberately mislabeled them and said that they were baking cookies out of mud, for human consumption, everyday, to keep their stomachs full. However, upon confirmation with other more credible news sites (it doesn’t get any better than National Geographic, does it?) this heartbreaking story is 100% TRUE.
 
Indeed this is heartbreaking. The people of Haiti have been “baking” mud cookies – a composition of mud mixed with shortening and salt, to keep them from dying from hunger. As Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake in 2010, this has gravely affected their economy leaving 160,000 people dead, and the rest to fend for themselves on whatever is left. It is hard to imagine people intentionally eating mud to survive. No human being deserves to be treated this way, much less, treat themselves worse than animals just to be able to survive. This story reminds us of our own urban poor who feast on left over fried chicken thrown in the garbage, gathered by scavengers and re-cooked for them to eat it. We in JUAN believe in human dignity and how they survive is beyond dignified. People eating mud. People eating trash. Makes you wonder, where is God?

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