Jeremiah’s Journal – Day 17
I was advised again that I should start some sort of multivitamin. This has been about the fifth serious request that I have had to start doing so. Today it was from my brother who is in pharmacy school. (Thanks Jed, but I don’t remember you being all that concerned for me when I was stuck in the coup in Chad) I am not surprised about the concern of my friends and families, but I am surprised that eating theses rations, even for just thirty days, can be harmful to my health. I have been specifically told with the lack of calcium I could experience bone loss, the lack of vitamins will lead to a low red blood cell production and could lead to other symptoms and problems. (I really don’t know what I am talking about, so I hope I am passing this information along correctly).
My two-year old son, Boston, has been sick the past couple of days, and I have been coughing. So with all of this said, I will begin to take a multivitamin. I thought about doing this from the beginning, but have put it off until now. I now feel it is the right thing for me to do. My purpose in doing this wasn’t to put my body at harm in any way, and by taking a vitamin I will be putting my family at ease and hopefully fight off any cold or flu.
It is amazing how this ration of food is so unhealthy to be on for even thirty days, yet the refugees have been doing it for over 1,800 days. There are so many growing children that need the crucial nutrients to grow. Before the genocide started they had milk, a variety of fruits and vegetables and ate a more complete diet. Now they are given “filler” foods in order to pro-long life, yet their bodies will suffer major long-term effects if they live through this.
Please remember that there is a genocide happening right now on earth. And instead of these amazing people being in concentration camps, they are struggling for survival in refugee camps. We can still help. We can get them back to their homes to start their lives over again, but the time is running out.