Thursday, January 31, 2008


Haiti’s poorest reduced to eating dirt

‘Extreme poverty is forcing Haiti’s poorest people to eat dirt.

Mud cookies – made from dirt, salt and vegetable shortening – have become popular among Haitians desperate to stave off hunger, the Associated Press reports.

The cookies – which are occasionally used by pregnant women and children as an antacid and source of calcium – have become a regular meal.

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and one of the most disadvantaged in the world.’

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