“Oh, you have tea cups. If you have teacups, why do you need our help to buy food? Why don’t you sell your teacups?”
Jameela stirs sugar into small glasses of tea before standing to serve the handful of women gathered in her home. Tea glasses are cheap enough to buy new. Her used set might fetch a few cents. Maybe a dollar if the buyer was generous.
Of course, then she and her sons would have no glasses to drink from.
As she tells the story of an earlier visit from another aid agency, it is clear that it’s still painful to her. They left without giving her family any help.