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01 April 2008

Soil-eating trend dangerous

Shamsunnahar Hena, a gynaecologist in a Bangladesh hospital, was stunned when her pregnant patient confessed to having eaten half a kilogram of soil every day since she conceived.

Shamsunnahar Hena, a gynaecologist in a Bangladesh hospital, was stunned when her pregnant patient confessed to having eaten half a kilogram of soil every day since she conceived.

Soil-eating a profitable business
The habit has opened up a way of living for many poor and jobless people, who collect and burn pieces of mud and sell them at markets at up to 120 taka (about R14) a kg.


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