.04 cups sugar = 31
.07lbs cereal = 116
.05 cups oil = 96
.17 cups yellow split peas = 114
.47lbs grain = 660
1017 calories per day is what a person at camp Oure Cassoni gets. They get that, if they do not share with other refugees that are not registered yet, but they do share, and if they don’t trade some of it to get needed goods at the market, but they do trade.
They did not get soap for this month, so they will have to trade some of their food for that. In the days before the food distribution, we walked the camp and went in to homes randomly and at different times of the day. Not once did we walk in to a home where there was someone eating.
It is not the World Food Program’s fault that people are not eating enough. They have been hit hard by the world’s food crisis and as hard by violence against their drivers and staff. Since December 07, 79 WFP trucks have been hijacked, 39 drivers are unaccounted for, and 2 confirmed dead. These numbers barely make the news.
Each person we meet in the camps is a complete being, just like you. Each day that they live they have the right to live it fully. Somehow, it all just doesn’t add up.