It has been five years since the United States Congress declared genocide in Darfur, but thousands continue to perish. Today I join activists in 34 countries who started fasting in April when aid organizations were kicked out of Darfur by the Sudanese president, leaving 1.1 million innocent civilians without basic access to food, water and medicine. From sunrise to sunset today, I will consume only water to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Darfur. It is an insignificant act relative to the magnitude of the tragedy unfolding there. But I join thousands in this simple act in hope that a critical mass will prick our global consciousness and keep us focused on the hundreds of thousands who have lost their lives. I especially want to thank the Plymouth United Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, members of the Save Darfur Coalition, who are joining me today. My fast won’t stop the tragedy unfolding in Darfur, but I hope that it will carry me deeper into thought and to help me reflect on how to end this tragedy.
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