Grim, but not unusual. "Ane a sa a pi red pou nou,manit pwa vann 325 goud pwa nwa. yon gen tet chaje pou plante pwa."
What, if anything, should be done, dear readers? Going hungry here is not acute, it's chronic. Some of us tackle the erosion problem, the soil degradation; others take on Family Planning. Still others try to come up with work-for-pay projects that even the illiterate might engage in; others build schools and talk about training teachers. But it's food that's the issue Food and fuel to cook it. I want to tell a better story, a happy ending story. People are tired of the same-old same-old Haiti tragedies. It takes an earthquake to really shake us to the foundations, to fund the foundations, shake those trees.
| Don't let anyone tell you that girls and women do the all work. |
Hunger is an equal opportunity employer.
Wonel gathers kindling, tends the fire, gets a pot going for rice with the occasional bean thrown in.
|Hard not to pity the dogs, cats, the tiniest kittens and chickens who all compete for crumbs, grains, that hit the ground.|
Before and after the hurricanes, Ludya's family - her husband, kids and mother-in-law constructed a room from tarps, furniture and salvaged lumber and walls of their former home that had collapsed. Ludya wishes she'd learned something, anything, she tells me. She'd been orphaned as an infant. She's had no schooling, she's very thin, not strong enough to work the land, and had no exposure to the buy-and-sell life experience that many rural girls - and boys - grow into.
She tells me that she is sad that she doesn't feel she can do anything. And her youngest child is listless and sick much of the time, and doesn't speak yet - the toddler is maybe 29, 30 months old. What she does is take her down the mountains and into Lavil, and waits at some clinic. But medicine is not the solution. Nothing here that more food wouldn't take care of. Somehow, everyone here survives, one summer to the next. I am always impressed.
Nothing new under this sun, this glorious sun. The survival rate is the uplifting news.