Nov 26 2008

The Real Reason Why Haitian Children Are Starving to Death

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haitian children starvingAs Americans get ready to gorge on turkey and trimmings tomorrow, children in Haiti are facing mass starvation. A series of deadly storms battered crops and livestock on the impoverished island this summer, worsening the existing food crisis. UNICEF estimated that 300,000 children are at risk of severe malnutrition as a result. Unknown numbers have died across the country of starvation and many more are at risk of dying, particularly in inaccessible hilly regions. In fact, last month, 26 children reportedly died in the southeastern village of Baie d’Orange from severe malnutrition. The dangers facing Haitian youth were in the news recently after the collapse of a school that killed 100 and injured over 150. More unsafe buildings weakened by storms are expected to collapse in the coming months and years. Still, the danger of malnutrition tops the list of dangers. Doctors Without Borders, which is on the ground in Haiti, trying to provide treatment and aid to children, says the situation is “extremely, extremely fragile and dangerous.”

GUEST: Pierre LaBossiere, founding member of Haiti Action Committee.

For more information, visit www.pih.org, www.haitiaction.net, and www.haitisolidarity.net.

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