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...we've come to our nation's
capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration
of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that
all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her
citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check,
a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient
funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give
us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice ~MLK,Jr. March on Washington 1963
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Children die of malnutrition in Haiti, victims of food crisis worsened by storms
Venecia Lonis, 4, who suffers from malnutrition, is weighed at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday,
Nov. 19, 2008. Aid workers fear hunger is worsening in rural Haiti after at least 26 children died of conditions exacerbated
by a lack of nutrition, raising concerns that a grave food crisis may be brewing following four devastating tropical storms.
| Associated Press Writer
- 9:04 PM EST, November 20, 2008
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ The 5-year-old
teetered on broomstick legs — he weighed less than 20 pounds, even after days of drinking enriched milk. Nearby, a 4-year-old
girl hung from a strap attached to a scale, her wide eyes lifeless, her emaciated arms dangling weakly.
of Haiti accessible only by donkey or foot, children are dying of malnutrition — their already meager food supply cut
by a series of devastating storms that destroyed crops, wiped out livestock and sent food prices spiraling.
least 26 severely malnourished children have died in the past four weeks in the remote region of Baie d'Orange in Haiti's
southeast, aid workers said Thursday, and there are fears the toll will rise much higher if help does not come quickly to
the impoverished Caribbean nation.
Another 65 severely malnourished children are being treated in makeshift tent
clinics in the mountainous area, or at hospitals where they were evacuated in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere, said Max Cosci,
who heads the Belgian contingent of Doctors Without Borders in Haiti.
One evacuee, a 7-year-old girl, died while being treated, Cosci said, adding: "The
situation is extremely, extremely fragile and dangerous."
At a makeshift malnutrition ward at a Doctors Without
Borders hospital in the capital, 10 emaciated children were under emergency care Thursday, their stomachs swollen and hair
faded by pigmentation loss caused by malnutrition. Several had the puffy faces typical of kwashiorkor, a protein-deficiency
Five-year-old Mackenson Duclair, his ribs protruding and his legs little more than skin stretched over
bones, weighed in at 19.8 pounds, even after days of drinking milk enriched with potassium and salt. Doctors said he needed
to gain another five pounds before he could go home.
Dangling from a scale mounted from the ceiling, 4-year-old
Venecia Lonis looked as limp as a rag doll as doctors weighed her, her huge brown eyes expressionless, her hair tied with
bright yellow bows.
Mackenson's grandmother, who has raised him since his mother died, said she barely has
a can of corn grits to feed herself, the boy and her 8-year-old granddaughter each day.
"These things did
not happen when I was growing up," 72-year-old Ticouloute Fortune said.
Rural families already struggling
with soaring food prices in Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country, lost their safety nets when fields were destroyed
and livestock wiped out by the storms, which killed nearly 800 people and caused $1 billion worth of damage in August and
U.N. World Food Program country director Myrta Kaulard said she fears more deaths from malnutrition
in other isolated parts of Haiti, and search and medical teams were fanning out in the northwest and along the southwestern
peninsula to check.
The World Food Program has sent more than 30 tons of food aid — enough to feed 5,800
people for two weeks — into the remote southeastern region since September, and other groups funded by the U.S. Agency
for International Development have sent food as well, she said.
But the steep, narrow paths and poor visibility
make it difficult to deliver the food to the mountain communities where hunger is worsening. In one case, a WFP truck flipped
over while struggling up a hill and slid into a ravine, killing an aid worker.
"There is always a bottleneck.
The same situation that the people are facing is the same situation we're also facing," Kaulard told The Associated
Haiti in general and the mountain villages in particular have long suffered from chronic hunger.
Child malnutrition rates have been high for years — the WFP reported in 2007 that nearly a quarter of children were
Remote rural areas in particular grow only enough staples to feed themselves less than
seven months out of the year, Kaulard said.
But throughout the year, aid workers and officials have been seeing
hunger get more severe, and now people who live in the mountains and aid groups who are working there say the situation is
worse than it has been in the past.
This year, for instance, Haiti's agriculture ministry estimates 60 percent
of the harvest was lost in the storms nationwide. Land quality is already poor and farmers lost seeds for next year when the
storms hit, Kaulard said.
Effects of the storms vary widely from village to village and even family to family.
In some places, food supplies seem intact. In others, Doctors Without Borders has found rates of severe malnutrition as high
as 5 percent.
Aid shortages may soon compound the problem. Donor countries have funded only a third of the U.N.'s
$105 million aid appeal for Haiti following the storms, and resources could run out in January, Kaulard said.
the hospital Thursday, Enock Augustin sat beside the bed where his 5-year-old daughter Bertha was sleeping. The fragile-looking
child was evacuated by helicopter Nov. 8 with vomiting and diarrhea. When she arrived, nearly a quarter of her body weight
was due to fluid retention, a sign of severe protein deficiency.
The swelling gradually receded as she was fed
nutrient-enriched milk and treated with antibiotics and anti-worm medicine; she shrank to just 21 pounds.
since gained about two pounds but can't go home until she reaches 26 pounds, doctors said.
For months, the
Augustin family had gotten by despite the soaring prices of corn grits and imported rice because they grew potatoes, which
they could eat or barter for plantains, yams and breadfruit that did not fluctuate with the world market.
in August, Tropical Storm Fay hit, followed by Hurricane Gustav, Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike.
"Every time a hurricane came through, it killed our
animals and plants," said Augustin, a father of six. The road was washed out, markets became unreachable and "the
price of everything went sky high."
The entire family subsisted on two cups of corn grits, and Bertha began
shrinking — and then swelling — before his eyes.
"She was really bad. We put her in the helicopter
and they brought her here," Augustin said. "I hope the government will hear about us and bring more support."