Can you imagine being that hungry? Can you imagine being so desperate for food that you would end-up eating dirt and mud? But in reality, that’s how thousands of people live everyday. Info and Image Source: Love Revolution - FB page
When you first see someone making these mud cookies you feel they are doing pottery. Women mould clay and water into hundreds of little platters and lay them out to harden under the sun. These platters are not used to keep food but they themselves are food in Haiti. These cookies are not eaten for the taste and nutrition but because they are the cheapest and increasingly only way to fill bellies.
In Cité Soleil, one of Port-au-Prince's worst slums, making the clay-based food is a major source of income. Mud cakes are the only inflation-proof food available to Haiti's poor. It costs about five dollars to make 100 cookies and Haitians' average income is about two dollars a day. Reports state that Haiti's poorest people are regularly forced to eat mud cookies to stave off hunger.
The locals harvest the dirt that is filled with human waste and every type of bacteria you can imagine and form the little cookies out of the dirt. They bake them in the sun, add a little salt, and then they eat them. They’re especially craved by the pregnant women who can’t get enough foods to support themselves and their babies.
The cookies are easy to make. The main ingredient, an edible clay from Haiti’s Central Plateau, is abundant, and salt and vegetable shortening are added in quantities that vary according to affordability. The cookies are then left out in the sun to bake. Besides being filling, they are dirt-cheap.
Can you imagine being that hungry? Can you imagine being so desperate for food that you would end-up eating dirt and mud? But in reality, that’s how thousands of people live everyday.
Info and Image Source: Love Revolution - FB page