Saturday, August 23, 2008

Third World People Reluctant To Stop Open Defecation And Start Using Public Toilets, And These People Pick Our Fruits And Vegetables

Ever wonder why we are having so many outbreaks of salmonella, e.coli, and other related digestive ailments from our meat and agricultural products? One of the major reasons is because we use a disproportionate number of Third World-origin people to do the job.

Unfortunately, Third World people have a very equivocal attitude towards sanitation. An article published on August 21st, 2008 by TerraDaily explores this very problem. finds that Third World people tend to be reluctant to stop the practice of open defecation and start using toilets. And we allow too many of these people to enter the United States with those equivocal attitudes towards sanitation.

An estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide, primarily in Asia and Africa, have no toilet and defecate outside, while some have to be shamed into changing their habits when presented with conveniences, according to information presented at the recent World Water Week conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The eight-page report on sanitation can be viewed HERE in PDF format.

Humanitarian organisations have for decades tried various ways -- be it new systems, pumps or subsidies -- of getting people in developing countries to stop defecating outdoors due to the serious health risks concerned. But many poor people who are given toilets by aid groups use them as religious shrines or a dry place to store firewood.

In recent years, experts have found that the best method has been to shame people into using some form of toilets, even the most primitive sort, to confine excreta. "It's just a matter of getting them to understand that what is a long established habit is in fact harmful and that you can do something about it," said Clarissa Brocklehurst, one of the 2,500 experts present at the World Water Week conference.

She cited the example of India, where 48 percent of the population, or some 665 million people, still practice open defecation. "We actually use shame. We go into communities and say to people: do you realise how fecally contaminated your community is? We do 'walks of shame' where you take a group of people and you walk around and you say, 'look, here's some human faeces here and somebody else has had a shit there and you do this community mapping where everybody comes and says where they defecate." The maps then show that there's faeces spread all over the community. "And you get them to realise how disgusting this is, to live in an environment that is totally contaminated," Brocklehurst concluded.

Yet in the following YouTube video, apparently filmed at an unspecified shopping mall in the United States, no one intervened when a man of Third World origin took a dump in a flower pot right out in public:

The point: If a Third World "shitskin" has no qualms about taking a public dump in the middle of a shopping mall, he'll have no qualms about defecating right in the middle of the vegetables he's picking for your dinner table. You eat them, and you end up spending the night on the throne, or, worse yet, the hospital.

Back to the original story. Once the awakened sense of shame in a Third World community is turned into empowerment, community members take control over their lives and come up with their own solutions that work for them. And once they start using a toilet, even if it's just a pit latrine, they refuse to go back to open defecation. So they begin to climb the sanitation ladder. Such community-based projects, called Community Led Total Sanitation, started a few years ago in Bangladesh and have been quite successful, and are now implemented in 28 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Another key to success is eliminating subsidies of other strategies. Families were spending money on treating diarrhoea and other diseases but would not spend money on installing a toilet because they expected to be given money for that by aid groups. Removing the subsidies provoked a further incentive towards prevention.

The latter shows that our existing aid strategy towards the Third World, namely, throwing money at problems, fails to work because it empowers and perpetuates existing bad behavior. Cutting off the aid or re-directing it more selectively forces people to embrace solutions.

It's time we quit carrying the Third World on our backs and force them to start correcting their own societies and paying their own way. And it's also time we quit importing the problem into the United States. Non-white immigration not only destabilizes us demographically, but strains the capacity of our infrastructure. The fact that they bring diseases and substandard sanitation practices is just another reason not to bring them in.


Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

One correction. That man is not from "3rd World". He is a Native American (so called Red Indian) from Canada. You can see the TD Bank sign in video. TD Bank is a Canadian bank.

Anonymous said...

a shitskin is still a shit-skin, it doesn't matter if this dirtly little monkey is "native" to canada, it's still biologically nonwhite.

Anonymous said...

its not only non-white people. but yes alot of those countries are unsanitary but we need to realize that its their tradition and alot of people refuse to give it up. but people using toilets as a shrine is kind of questionable. maybe we need to make sure we are giving toilets to the right people who fully understand their purpose. and shit-skin is pretty rude to call someone and offensive.