I started on this fast on April 27, water fasting one day and eating refugee rations the other days. Things started out well, but got gradually harder, and not because of hunger. The refugee rations provided adequate food for my needs and it tasted fine. The hard part was the tedium of it. I am well aware of the need to end this genocide so that the people of Darfur can live in peace. Fasting in this way drove home for me the need to ensure that after peace is restored we must also ensure that people are able to return to their homes and have their lives restored. No one should have to exist this way for any extended period of time.
I am now water-fasting two days a week, eating my regular diet on other days. I find this easier than eating the refugee rations. Hunger does become an issue on my fasting days. One night, I was so hungry I could not sleep. Of course, I knew I could go in to the kitchen at any time and relieve my hunger. I know I do not understand what it must feel like to experience real hunger and not be able to do anything about it. We must keep advocating for the people of Darfur and ensure that mass hunger does not happen.
Thanks for being such a valuable voice for Dafur! San Antonio rocks!