Subject: Re: Very shocking. Very, very disgusting.
> I am a pretty well traveled person and have been to more than fifty
> different countries. I've been in
> rural and poor areas, seen a lot of things and generally think of my self
> as "shock proof". But I was
> surfing around You Tube and came across something that really surprised me.
> It talked about what a major problem "open defecation" is in the world.
> Now I've been on camping and fishing trips and occasionally took a dump
> in the woods. Probably most people have and never give it a second
> thought. But they were talking about this on a massive scale and used India as an example.
> In India apparently "open defecation" is not just a function of poverty,
> it is a widely accepted cultural norm.
> They said more than 550,000,000 Indians openly defecate every day! In
> rural areas they don't have toilets in their houses or community latrines
> in their villages. Even people with the money to build them don't do it.
> So it was no surprise that they said:
> "Open defecation perpetuates the vicious cycle of disease and poverty and
> is widely regarded as an affront to personal dignity. The countries where
> open defecation is most widely practised have the highest numbers of
> deaths of children under the age of five, as well as high levels of
> undernutrition." They went
> on to say that in India alone, hundreds of thousands of young children
> die each year from the filth, germs and disease caused by open defecation.
> This open defecation practice is not limited to India, although it is by
> far the worst place for it in the world. Pakistan, Bangladesh and other
> countries in this area also have this problem on a massive scale.
> Bottom line, I've never been to India, or any of these other shit holes
> (pun intended) and frankly, don't
> care if I ever go there. God bless America and please never let me
> forget how lucky I am to live here!
> Irish Mike
> P.S. Apologies for the stinky topic
I saw an Arab take a dump in the street when we refueled in Aden. Weird
sight to see.