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Neem Hakeem: Garbage and IV Tubing

Garbage in Senegal (Flickr CC License)
Garbage in Senegal (Flickr CC License)

The story out of Senegal is absolutely horrifying. A seven year old boy drowns in a garbage bog – that should be enough, but the story goes on to explain that the boy’s entire neighborhood is built on garbage. A swampy area outside of Dakar, Senegal’s capital, Guédiawaye is pretty much built on garbage from the greater Dakar metropolitan area. It’s not that the rest of the population is using this area as a dump – no, the story is stranger than that. In fact, the residents here actually buy the garbage to use as building material: Continue reading

Neem Hakeem: Headphones and Twinkies are hazardous to your Health?

[Almost anyone who has spent time in Pakistan or parts of India recognizes the term ‘neem hakeem’ – means a doctor who isn’t quite up to par.  Thus one of the most popular folk proverbs in the area:  A ‘neem hakeem’ is a danger to your life…]

Today’s ‘Neem Hakeem’ lesson is via a story on NPR over the weekend.  People are dying – literally – because of their headphones.

Strangled by the cords as they doze in class, maybe?  Victims of brain cancer because of electromagnetic radiation?  No – run over by buses, trains and other large and noisy vehicles:

Lisa Carolyn Moran, 20, a University of North Carolina exchange student from Scotland, was listening to an iPod while jogging when she stepped into the path of a bus in Chapel Hill last May. Joshua Phillips White, 16, was wearing earphones and walking on a train track in Cramerton, N.C., last November when a freight train hit him from behind, killing him; police said he apparently didn’t hear the locomotive approaching. Alan Eaton-Chandler, 17, was killed under the same circumstances just last Tuesday when he was hit by an Amtrak train in Comstock Township, Mich. And Vicky Baker, 39, was talking on her cell phone when she was struck and killed by a train in Albertville, Ala., in December.

There’s more than one lesson here:

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