Poisoning poverty

Kompas – January 15, 2011
Poisoning poverty

Kid: Lots of people are committing suicide, others were poisoned after eating tiwul...

Man: That’s good, it’s a sign the country’s improving... it means poverty rates are going down!

Six children died of food poisoning over the weekend after eating a cheap traditional food called tiwul. Their parents, whose income is above the official poverty line, were no doubt consoled by the announcement a few days earlier that the poverty rate had fallen from 16.7% in 2004 to 13.3% in 2010.