By Sara-Christine Dallain
“Yes, to answer your question, we are hungry. We are always hungry,” was the response of two women I spoke with today. I was asking some questions about their cooking methods and the food situation of their household. When I specifically inquired about whether they lacked food, they laughed.
They laughed because traditionally it is not custom to talk about being hungry. For these refugees, hunger is widespread. They went on to explain that hunger is not something they need or like to talk about. They don’t see the point. Their hunger is well known.
Three meals a day is no longer an option according to the households that I interviewed today. And the only meals they are eating are lentils and porridge. Twice a day, with some tea.
Day 1 in refugee camp Touloum.
It’s All We Have
By Gabriel Stauring
“For breakfast, we eat porridge. It’s all we have,” said a refugee mother in response to my question. “How about for lunch?” I asked a bit later, reading from our survey. “Porridge is all we have. It’s all we eat,” she responded, a bit amused that I had not understood her answer earlier.
She explains that the porridge is made from a grain called sorghum. Refugees in camp Touloum receive what she described as a very small amount of lentils for the entire month, and she brought her hands together to show how little.
I continued with my food-related survey, but she also wanted to tell me about the plastic roof on her home, which she received a very long time ago and is now falling apart.
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