I didn't see this topic anywhere on ATS, so I felt I should shed some light on the topic.
It's not a war story, it's not a political scandal story, it's not a 'what celebrity is in rehab this week' story; it's a story about starvation
- possibly one of the worst, if not the worst, humanitarian problems with our world.
In a poor region of Haiti, things have become so desperate that the only source of food is...well...
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - It was lunchtime in one of Haiti's worst slums, and Charlene Dumas was eating mud. With food prices rising, Haiti's
poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies. Charlene, 16 with a 1-month-old son, has
come to rely on a traditional Haitian remedy for hunger pangs: cookies made of dried yellow dirt from the country's central plateau.
The mud has long been prized by pregnant women and children here as an antacid and source of calcium. But in places like Cite Soleil, the oceanside
slum where Charlene shares a two-room house with her baby, five siblings and two unemployed parents, cookies made of dirt, salt and vegetable
shortening have become a regular meal.
"When my mother does not cook anything, I have to eat them three times a day," Charlene said. Her baby, named Woodson, lay still across her lap,
looking even thinner than the slim 6 pounds 3 ounces he weighed at birth.
It's a "source of calcium", yeah - but is this really the best we can do as humans?
We like to hang our heads high on our technological advancements; TV, phone, light bulb, aircraft, computers and more. We like to point to visiting
the Moon and Mars as achievements. We like to point to our complex way of thinking; our complex social structure, all as a sign of accomplishment.
Yet, if you don't keep up, if you don't support the status quo, if you don't sell your soul to those who have managed to seize control of power
over the world economic, military, and governmental systems, then you're left behind; spit on by the world, and left to die.
Why is it that we can dump trillions of dollars in to Iraq - more than 6,000 miles away - to wage war on a nation and a people whom WE armed, and whom
did NOTHING to us, yet we allow people to starve and hold themselves from death by eating mud cookies, right here, practically in our back yard in
I'm not trying to make an anti-Iraq War statement with this. I'm trying to make a common sense and human decency statement.
How can we sit and let people in Haiti, people in Africa - people all over the world - die of starvation and disease, while we support these criminal
corrupt power hungry bastards that sit in the chairs of power in our countries who waste our tax dollars to support their own agendas and their own
Humans will never amount to anything more than intelligent savage beasts. I, personally, don't care for the stupid technological advancements, the
military conquests, or the "peace treaties" that never bring peace. That no longer impresses me, nor should it impress anyone else.
What I want to see is us solve our deepest and worst social issues. I want to see us bring down the power hungry individuals who control the world. I
want to see us solve world hunger. I want to see us cure diseases. I want to see everyone on the planet be able to live a full life, and have the same
opportunities, freedoms, and luxuries that other humans enjoy.
Fighting and war are inevitable, so I'm not going to feed you a hippie, tree hugging, love your fellow man speech. But why allow it to be a tool of
control? Why allow it to take over the world? Why allow it to line the pockets of our leaders with cash?
Why do we allow ourselves to be used as pawns on a global chessboard?
Have your hamburger and watch your television and think life is great and think we've come so far. I'd rather see everyone be able to lead their own
lives and live them to the fullest, free of disease, famine, and war.
Thank you all for reading, and thank you to most of you for not giving a damn.
[edit on 1/29/08 by NovusOrdoMundi]