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2008

Global Poverty at its Worst: Mud Cookies in Haiti

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From the Huffington Post
2008-02-19

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The international media and blogosphere were aghast when Marie Noel told her story to the world... "I know its not good for me," answered Noel when asked by an Associated Press reporter why she was eating and selling mud cookies - meals made from a mixture of dirt, water, salt and vegetable shortening. "I am hoping one day I will have enough food to eat."

Noel lives in Cite Soliel, a slum in Haiti -- the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Haiti has long battled malnutrition where most nights 23 percent of its children under five go to bed hungry. Because of rising food prices, many in the crowded slums have resorted to eating this mud cookie mixture to fill their bellies and stave off hunger pains. Why are Marie's mud cookies relevant to us? And what does it mean to people who want to help; private donors, foundations, churches and international aid agencies?

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