Bird flu in children and the poor.

Today I was talking to a very poor person about the bird flu.  The lady burst into tears and told me that she can’t afford to stock up her house.  She asked me what she was going to do?  This lady told me she lives on food stamps and has very little extra money.  She has problems supporting her kids just to get by from month to month let alone trying to fill her house up with groceries.  This got me thinking about how many other people are in this shape.   

When everything closes down and these people are hungry, what are they going to do?  There is no where for them to turn to and if a child is crying because they are so hungry, what parent on earth can tune out those cries?  History has proven that desperate needs lead to desperate acts.  People are being told to stock up for three days and that is not nearly enough to make it through a bird flu pandemic.   

Babies will need formula, diapers, food and comfort.  Little children do not understand what is going on, they will want to eat, go to the park, go to school and play.  The avian flu is raging outside as people are being told to stay home with the military patrolling the streets.  While the kids scream for food, Mom and Dad are looking at bare shelves.  I can’t imagine the heart breaking pain that those parents would go through.  They are going to want to get food for their children no matter what the cost to themselves.  I would, as I could not stand to see my child go hungry or be in pain from needing life’s bare necessities and not having them.   

In situations like this when people become desperate they will resort to desperate measures.  Hurricane Katrina showed us this as people kicked in store windows to get food and supplies.  They broke into gas stations, houses and started shooting at people from roof tops.  For them there was help coming but imagine when there is no help. There is no one going to come to the rescue and hope seems lost.      

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One of the most famous photos in American history–Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’ who was a hungry and desperate mother with her young children.

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One Response to “Bird flu in children and the poor.”

  1. john hope Says:

    And this is why our government and our Public Health Officials will be held accountable after the pandemic is over. They have enough evidence of what is coming yet refuse to alert the public about Panflu. They have refused to guide local communities to prepare food and supplies for the underprivileged.

    There will be great loss, pain and anger when Panflu hits.

    The people will ask “why weren’t we told and why weren’t we prepared?”

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