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Jul 24 2013

Mid-day deaths

middaymeal

I learned about poverty when I learned about school children that stopped going to schools because they were not given free mid-day meal anymore. Just a little poor quality rice, and a little poor quality lentil they could get. But that was their main meal for a day. Mid-day meal was the main attraction for children to go to schools. After the scheme was closed, there were schools, there were teachers, but there was no mid-day meal and there was no student. Then one day the scheme was reopened. Children began to go to schools for both a meal and an education.

I learned about insanity when I learned how the poor school children were poisoned. Mid-day meal was cooked with deadly pesticide. 23 children died immediately. They were supposed to become educated and get rid of their poverty. They were supposed to enlighten their society.

3 comments

  1. 1
    Sayem

    This is the real India

  2. 2
    Cuttlefish

    One of the kids was the cook’s own child. I can’t imagine the anger (at those who supplied the poisoned oil) and guilt (to be the one who cooked it and fed it, even to your own child).

  3. 3
    Ophelia Benson

    So gut-wrenchingly sad.

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