Mia Farrow's fast prompts Black Caucus to give up food "in solidarity with Darfur's people"
From 3news.co.nz Thursday, 21 May 2009:
Mia Farrow's prompts Black Caucus to give up food
Members of America's Congressional Black Caucus are following Mia Farrow's lead and fasting for Sudanese refugees.See Sudan Watch 14 May 2009: Mia Farrow ends Darfur fast, Sir Richard Branson takes over
The actress was forced to give up a much-publicised awareness hunger strike earlier this month after 12 days when doctors warned her she'd be putting her health at great risk if she continued.
Farrow began her fast on 27 April and hoped to survive without food for 21 days as part of an effort to raise awareness of the plight of starving refugees in Sudan. But her fasting came to an end on 6 May when her doctor instructed her to stop immediately.
The Rosemary's Baby star's initial disappointment at not being able to complete the fast has been replaced by the pride her efforts were not in vain.
Virgin boss Richard Branson took over from her and staged a three-day fast for the cause, and now US Congressman Donald Payne has announced plans for his Black Caucus members to give up food "in solidarity with Darfur's people".
Payne, who started fasting last week, says, "I joined the Darfur Fast for Life because I wanted to stand in solidarity with the people of Darfur and to express my outrage at the ongoing crisis in the Sudan.
"In addition to my personal fasting, I am launching a Darfur Fast for Life Campaign on Capitol Hill to urge my colleagues to join me... It is my hope that our fasting will compel decision makers to act more decisively to put an end to the suffering of millions of innocent men, women and children in Darfur. We must do all we can until the violence, suffering, and displacement have ended."