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Poor People of Haiti Literally Eat ‘Mud Cookies’ to Survive

Can you imagine being so poor and so hungry that you have no choice but to eat mud?

During meals, whenever children do not finish their food, parents always chastise them and tell them that somewhere in the world a child lies dying from hunger. This is not a mere threat, or a guilt trip – it is a reality.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the estimated volume of edible food wastage is at 1.3 billion tons, with annual direct economic loss amounting to 750 million US dollars. With so much hunger being experienced in other countries, wasting food as much as this is a sacrilege.

Case in point – Haiti.

In a country where majority of the people survive on a less than US $2 daily budget, fruits and other staple food are nothing but a dream. Having insufficient money to buy these nutritious food items, they are forced to rely on mud cookies for survival.

Haitian women buy the dirt from local markets.

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Process them into cookies by mixing salt, vegetable oil, and dirt.

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These are then formed into cookies and laid out in the sun to dry.

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Haitian doctors warned that depending on the cookies for sustenance risks malnutrition.

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Photo credit: macmannis

Apart from aesthetic reasons, eating these mud cookies can have adverse effects on health, experts say. Aside from the risk of acquiring soil-transmitted helminths or bacteria, people relying on mud cookies for survival also run the risk of malnutrition.

Can you imagine being so poor and so hungry…

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…that you have no choice but to eat mud?

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Can you imagine?

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Think about this the next time you start complaining about something.

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Source: Huffington Post/National Geographic

78 Comments

  1. Anabel Gempesaw Bumanlag

    December 17, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Al Dwin

  2. Daniel Ng

    December 17, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Chloe Lee

  3. Debra Burney

    December 17, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    This is so sad..Lord help these people.

  4. Geeta Handa

    December 17, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    No one has to suffer like this, there’s enough food for everyone on this planet if it’s distributed evenly. Would also help to get rid of obesity too!

  5. Cherville Dapilan

    December 17, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    mangyari sana yan dito ng maapreciate ng mga tao rito ang halaga ng pagkain

  6. Ciprian Simionovici

    December 17, 2017 at 7:17 AM

    It’s just shit…how come they could survive till now…they need a KFC..i supose

  7. Rosnita Ismail Rosnita

    December 17, 2017 at 7:10 AM

    What is happening in this world? The poor becomes poorer but the rich remains richer. 😭

  8. Akustatik Amir

    December 17, 2017 at 6:48 AM

    So so so sad

  9. Joshua Vincent Azucena

    December 17, 2017 at 6:43 AM

    Shackira Casono 😁

  10. Mon Honasan

    December 17, 2017 at 6:37 AM

    Greed made this

  11. Ace Odulio

    December 17, 2017 at 6:20 AM

    Olivier Guevara Remember?

  12. Sagrado Maru

    December 17, 2017 at 6:07 AM

    Edhen Silverio

  13. Ajgerm Guese

    December 17, 2017 at 5:48 AM

    We do not know how much lucky we are because we do not experience these difficulties in life. so we should thank the Lord for his everyday blessing. To God be the glory🙏🙏🙏

  14. Edward Deerly

    December 17, 2017 at 5:35 AM

    Before you start pulling your hair out, from their “About” page: “Elite Readers is an ENTERTAINMENT website” (emphasis mine)

  15. Tac'z Dezign

    December 17, 2017 at 5:33 AM

    is there no vegetables in their place to plant?

  16. Bon Jeovy Navarrete Obligar-babac

    December 17, 2017 at 5:30 AM

    God have mercy to the poorest…

  17. Leomar Montano

    December 17, 2017 at 4:56 AM

    Itchay Ranieses

  18. Randy Proulx

    December 17, 2017 at 4:54 AM

    This is a stupid arrival, they eat these cookie over many countries due to liking the taste

  19. Nick Joseph

    December 17, 2017 at 4:54 AM

    Allen Joseph

  20. Leinad Seyer

    December 17, 2017 at 4:36 AM

    Mr Trumps help this people and UN check this.

  21. Alex Waddell

    December 17, 2017 at 4:23 AM

    When I was in A orphanage – in Brazil that I got all hungry that I ate sand to fill my stomach up 🙁

  22. Darla Erot

    December 17, 2017 at 4:13 AM

    Rizza Alalid

  23. Berna Dettah

    December 17, 2017 at 4:13 AM

    💔

  24. Aya Lovelle Reyes Gean

    December 17, 2017 at 4:01 AM

    United Nations

  25. Elmer Rodriguez

    December 17, 2017 at 4:01 AM

    It needs foreign aid.

  26. Neng Lapilapil Lozano

    December 17, 2017 at 3:54 AM

    I think this is fake news..

  27. Lorenzo Margaret

    December 17, 2017 at 3:15 AM

    When nations are at war protecting their interests and greediness..spending trillions to kill millions. Exlusive growth in race to super power and global dominance while imposing inflation to poor countries. Seeing these pictures, are we still being ruled by humans?😢

  28. Rimando Espanol Max Dovie

    December 17, 2017 at 3:12 AM

    Juvienne Ella Bueno Rimando

  29. Marlyn Trio

    December 17, 2017 at 2:53 AM

    OMG, help them survive. They are also human😢😢😢

  30. Arun Sharma

    December 17, 2017 at 2:34 AM

    R humanist next door (USA) who lecture every body on every thing in USA d around the world – Dead . Hahahaha

  31. Altaaf Ali

    December 17, 2017 at 2:30 AM

    Oh my god

  32. Micah J Gray II

    December 17, 2017 at 2:24 AM

    Fruits seeds, beans, vegetable seeds… Are Haitians not growing food?

  33. Linda Compagnari

    December 17, 2017 at 2:12 AM

    Well then they need to move out of that country

  34. Annie Jane B. Flores

    December 17, 2017 at 2:08 AM

    Babe Marjon Silagan Beloy 😭

  35. Merlyn Cervantes

    December 17, 2017 at 1:55 AM

    they can put flat wooden things, or flat stones, galvanizes iron, on top of the sand so that foods will not dirty

  36. Sisinio Juban

    December 17, 2017 at 1:51 AM

    UN is a toothless and corrupt organization, only good in interfering without helping.

  37. Justin Gallant

    December 17, 2017 at 1:51 AM

    Wheres all that untaxed religion money people donate by the millions

  38. Davonn Cy

    December 17, 2017 at 1:45 AM

    N0 bad cholester0l

  39. Erles Magno

    December 17, 2017 at 1:45 AM

    The money spent by UN CHR in going to the Philippines to meddle on its internal affairs believing on some fake news should have been used to help these poor Haitians. Oh well, it seems that UN prefers to intervene than to help.

  40. Jenny Jhenn

    December 17, 2017 at 1:38 AM

    So sad..😢😢

  41. Anjenet Ybanez Pepito

    December 17, 2017 at 1:34 AM

    The fuck is happening to this country :'( their government should take action immediately :'( this is so heartbreaking.

  42. Charlito Sasil Castillon

    December 17, 2017 at 1:24 AM

    Lucio Q. Castillon Virgei Vergie Love QuipaneVergie Love Quipanes Castillon

  43. Tenchi Madachi

    December 17, 2017 at 1:17 AM

    Whats happening to their govt.

  44. Teck Capua

    December 17, 2017 at 1:14 AM

    So sad

  45. Marilyn Mequin

    December 17, 2017 at 1:13 AM

    Then there are tons of wasted food every day all over the world

  46. Peg Groff

    December 17, 2017 at 1:09 AM

    This is just so sad

  47. Paige Michelle Gersitz

    December 17, 2017 at 1:08 AM

    Old news…

  48. Barry Silverstein

    December 17, 2017 at 1:08 AM

    Sad

  49. Julius Palomata

    December 17, 2017 at 1:07 AM

    what the hell is UN for?

  50. Marino Moraitis

    December 17, 2017 at 1:03 AM

    Why aren’t our churches in this country involved with Haiti?

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