Thursday, September 6, 2012

Malnutrition in Afghanistan

It's "shockingly" high say UN officials:
"What's shocking is that [the malnutrition statistics are] very high by global standards," Michael Keating, deputy head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, told the Guardian. "This is the kind of malnutrition you associate with Africa and some of the most deprived parts of the world, not with an area that has received so much international attention and assistance."
As the Guardian notes: "The Afghanistan Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) found 29.5% of children are suffering from acute malnutrition there. A level of more than 30% among young children is considered one sign of a famine."
 In the 21st Century, apparently it's beyond the ability of the USA, Britain, Canada and all the rest of the NATO countries (among the richest in the world) to prevent pervasive malnutrition after over a decade of occupation.

There's a pattern here, for those with eyes to see it:
Charlene, 16 with a 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 such as Cité 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 (2.7 kilograms, 85 grams) he weighed at birth.
Though she likes their buttery, salty taste, Charlene said the cookies also give her stomach pains. "When I nurse, the baby sometimes seems colicky too," she said. 
 Who's kidding who? We know our elites despise the majority of the world's population. "Useless eaters."

No comments: