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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! In most schools in Trinidad and Tobago box lunch is worshiped and adorned. After a long morning in school, the most refreshing thing that can bestow your eyes is the sight of that white box filled with that delicious stuff. What even makes it more refreshing is when that delicious stuff smells like Roti. Who doesn't like Roti? Box lunch does nothing more than bring life back to weary students, but in India it did quite the opposite. The food was not distributed in a box like it is in Trinidad and Tobago but I digest digress. Read on.


According to reports from the BBC, at least 22 children between the ages of 8 and 12 died on Monday after eating free school lunch; more than two dozen others were hospitalized after eating the rice, soybean and potato curry, which is believed to have been tainted with insecticides. The incident took place at a government-run school in a village in the poor eastern state of Bihar. The state education minister specifically blames organo-phosphorus and he says investigators are looking into how it got in the food. One doctor treating the children thinks the vegetable oil the meal was cooked in could have been contaminated. It has been reported that the death toll could increase because the sick children are in critical condition.


In an effort to increase school attendance in India the Mid-Day Meal Scheme was developed. It is the largest school feeding program in the world feeding as much as 120 million students. The scheme has had problems with hygiene and food poisoning in the past but they have yet to make any changes. Hopefully in the light of this tragedy, some hygienic procedures can be put in place to prevent the likelihood of another tragedy.

This is tragic. We all know that this story isn't going to turn much heads because it happened in India. If this same incident had happened in the western world everyone would have gone nuts. Let's use an example shall we. 22 Children died on Monday, no one cares. Cory Monteith died on Sunday and it's on every single news station. Go figure. That's just the sad reality of it. My heart goes out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives on Monday and the children who are in critical condition at the hospital. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.