Rising cost of food devastates Haiti

Posted on July 5, 2008 

Rising cost of food devastates Haiti

Georges Jean Wesner gets up at 4 a.m. each day to walk two hours to a charity food kitchen where he fills two small pails with rice and beans, the only food his six children have gotten for weeks.

“I’m 52 years old, I have lots of energy and I want to work,” said Wesner, a strain of desperation in his voice. “But I can’t work because there is no work. Food is so expensive now we can’t even buy it.”

“Before these price increases, poor Haitians were spending 80 percent of their income on food,” said Angel Aloma, head of South Florida-based Food for the Poor, one of the largest aid groups working in Haiti. “Now they’ve gone from 80 percent to impossible.”

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