Poverty is still, and is somehow one of the most difficult problems people from all over the world is facing.
It seems that the rich will continue to be rich and the poor will still remain poor.
However, in Haiti, the state of poverty has somehow reached a very extreme level because Haitians even resort to eating cookies made from dirt in order to survive.
Haiti is a country where nearly 3 million people don’t have enough food to eat.
10% of the population of Haiti are considered the rich people, they earn almost 70% of the nation’s income but, most of the Haitians live only on $2 or $1 or less per day.
Hunger is becoming a serious issue. Many children, even adults suffer from malnutrition.
Nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, and other staples are often considered luxury items among many in Haiti.
In order to survive on a daily basis, some Haitians resorted to a generation old recipe of what they call “bon bon terres” or mud cookies which is made up of mixing salt, vegetable oil, and DIRT.
Celaine Denies, one of the women who make these cookies said, “When we haven’t eaten anything, this dirt cookie fills your stomach.”
The dirt is loaded in a truck from the mountains, and it is believed that they are rich in vitamins and minerals such as calcium.
The ladies, from the old to the young prepare these cookies.
They start with mixing the “batter” by combining dirt with water, the cookies are being formed on the ground, and is allowed to dry in the heat of the sun.
More surprisingly, in some parts of Haiti, selling these mud cookies is the main source of income.
“It’s a necessary evil,” said Denies. “I’m in a bad situation, and that’s why I make them. It hurts my heart, but I have no choice. We’re forced to eat it. It makes us sick, but not the way it would to anybody who’s not used to eating it.”
In truth, these cookies provide no nutritional value. They only increase the risk of malnutrition for the Haitians who eat them.
Experts say that eating mud cookies may have a negative effect on health, increasing the risk of tooth decay, soil-borne disease, malnutrition or worse.