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i-ACT21 Day 11: Humbled

What to eat? Too many choices.

By Gabriel Stauring


Even here, I have a hard time deciding what to eat for my one “large” meal a day. I brought tuna, different kinds of ready-made soups, lentils, and pastas. I am not that hungry most of the day, and we think it’s the heat. Two out of my three teammates here feel the same, but Felicia seems to eat about us much as all of us combined, and she’s the smallest of us all!

I must say, though, that when I do eat one of my meals, it tastes like heaven. My pasta marinara last night was perfect—for being in Chad, that is. I don’t stop drinking water, and even though I’m in the camp all day, I never have to go pee until after we return to the compound, get out of the sun, and rehydrate some more.

Yesterday, we visited the food distribution center at camp Goz Amer. We followed a young mother, as she received the monthly ration, which often takes thirty-five days or more to come around again. She received small quantities of oil, salt, peanuts, and sorghum. At the end, we talked with her, and she told us that she has two children. The food that they gave her, which she can all carry herself, will last her less than two weeks.

Most mothers we hav