الأحد، 16 سبتمبر، 2012

Some Sudanese People Don't Eat

I was motivated by the article "What do Sudanese People eat? written by Reem Shawkat and published here" to share this story of a displaced family.

A mother of 3 primary school students; was abandoned by her husband because he couldn't feed them. The mother tried to work as domestic worker but she couldn't sustain regular income. for months she was feeding her children with Balila with sugar or oil and fennel, rarely they would have Sakhina which is a bread with tomato juice and onions. She cannot afford them more than one meal a day; so they go to school without having their breakfast. Fortunately the woman managed to operate a small bussiness; her family and friends bought her a small fridge so she can make and sell ice cream. She earned 33 pounds in one day and thought to prepare a feast for the children. She bought for them fish, Jagajig (chicken guts) and green salade. When her children saw the dishes they were crying from happiness. For a long time they havn't eat a real meal. The elder brother said when it is breakfast time at school; he used to take his brothers and sit inside the class room. He didn't want them to see their class mates eating while they are hungry.

In South Kordofan; despite the drought which affected sub Saharan region last year; the farmers were not able to farm because of the war and aircraft bombing to their villages.Some Nuba families in Khartoum tend to send wheat and packages of corn to their relatives there. Corn packages (Shawal) in some South Kordofan local markets costs 1,300 pounds and rarely can be obtained.

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