A sad state of affairs:
Earlier today, a food-poisoning incident broke out and killed at least 22 children between the ages of 5 and 12 years of age in a small village near Patna, in the state of Bihar, eastern India.
The children were said to be having their school meals consisting of rice, lentils, soya beans and potatoes when all of a sudden they started to feel severe pains in their stomach followed by a series of vomiting. No one is really clear as to what might have caused this terrible outbreak. But the idea of an insecticide known as “organophosphate,” used on the crops, has not been ruled out. It is used in the rice fields and there was a strong possibility that the food was not properly washed before being cooked and served. There is also a lot of speculation going because it has been said that many children who ate the soya bean product before the rice and were the ones that took ill, first.
Well, we are praying for the families who have lost their young ones and for a speedy recovery for those that are still in critical condition lying helpless in the local hospitals. This is the world’s largest school feeding program involving 120 million children, and in a poor state like Bihar, it is important to feed the children at school, but it is equally critical to make sure the food is safe.
For those who are unaware, the village is about 200 km from Gaya, the place where the Buddha is reported to have achieved enlightenment.
Jah Love Itinually…