One Meal A Day by Chris de Bode

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Sa Majeste Lougoumana Alhadji, the leader of Meme village. <br />
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'We need to share the houses that are available. We share our water. We share our food. This has increased poverty in the community. In our culture it's very difficult to live with people in the same house, you are obliged to share whatever you have with the people that you welcome into your house. <br />
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'The last group that came, some were living in the market, in public places. And then the people in this town when they cook they take food to those people that are living outside, so they get something to eat. <br />
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'Some of the children live in tents, others are living in open spaces. Some of them are naked, they don't have any clothes. It's not only food, all these things impact on the health and the lives of these children. There are a lot of difficulties children are facing here. <br />
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'I have been thinking about how to advocate for people here. I'm afraid that this might start criminality in the area, because if people are here and they're hungry and they have to feed their family and they have no jobs, no assistance from anyone, then they might be forced to engage in criminal activities. If we had food things would be much better. People would be able to feed themselves and their families.  <br />
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'Unless we have an intervention, I don't see a bright future for Meme. If they could be engaged in some commercial activities, like buying and selling then it would take away a lot of this stress and uncertainty for them in the future. They need houses, so that those living in tents can also have a place to live that is dignified. <br />
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'Personally, for me this is very hard. I have 12 houses that I have given to people to live in. I have 12 acres of land where I used to farm. Now I have given this to people to use to farm for themselves. It is going to be difficult. These people cannot go back to their villages. The way people have been welcomed here, I don't see any village that can welcome people like we have. <br />
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'I am planni