Leaving Niger After Malnutrition
I will leave Niger soon, I am not clear about what I see in Niger, I cannot say that I am happy about the aid being given to Niger, it may be destroying more than it is helping.
I am going to delay sending my newsletter and think more, sort out my feelings, I see little effective good being done here to solve problems, I do see many people with good intentions, however for sure the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
I am lost; 15 plus days in this country and I still do not know what foods these people need to eat to be healthy, I see food everywhere, I see money spent on cigarettes, motorcycles, cell phones, and other products, there is money to buy seeds to grow ... I do not know ... Mangos, Dates, Olives, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, Carrots, Peppers, Lemons etc.
These are foods that grow in places like here, I do not see many here, some... there is a need for Vegetables, Fruits, and some types of foods to be grown here, I do not see signs that say, grow these foods, buy these foods, or your children will be sick. I see on every corner a sign that says an NGO.
I have seen signs that say not to cook and breath the smoke, there are world projects to stop the cooking over open flames in enclosed spaces.
The people that are hurt or are involved in the Malnutrition do not read, I would guess about 5 percent of the problem family read.