What I am going through now is nothing compared what the people of Darfur are facing. As things were, before the humanitarian expulsions, the rations for refugee were barely the minimum caloric requirement to sustain life-1000 calories per day. But soon more than one million people will not receive even that meager ration. The situation is urgent and dire. So, when I feel hunger pangs and my head aches, I think of them.
Here’s a site, which, along with the 1-800-GENOCIDE number, allows you to easily find and contact your elected officials. Use it to tell the President, your Senator, and your Congressperson to find a way to get the humanitarian agencies back into Darfur or otherwise fill the gap, to vigorously pursue a process that will bring peace to Darfur and to fully fund the World Food Programme. http://takeaction.lwv.org/lwv/dbq/officials/
So many people have been asking how I am. Thank you for that. I am fine. Sometimes its hard, but I am determined and I think it has been worth it. Day one was crammed with radio and TV interviews. Good Morning America’s Chris Cuomo began the segment with “Darfur is back in the news–” And at the end he read out the staggering realities. This is what I hoped for, to bring focus to Darfur. Larry King’s satellite dish rolled down my dirt driveway at 8:30pm. It looked like something out of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. By then I was a little loopy. I went on the air at 9:50 . I was tired and I hadn’t eaten for 29 hours. I felt the enormity of the responsibility that came with the extraordinary opportunity to reach many millions of people around the world. I wanted to do my best for the Darfuris. I tried to say what they would want me to say -or what they would tell you if only they had the chance. So it was scary that my mind was muddled and swimming so. I hope to God it was OK.
Before I began this fast David Blane (magician and endurance artist) called me. So kind of him. He told me a little about how to prepare and what to expect. He said after 6 days I wont feel hunger. He told me to drink 4 liters of water. Do you know how much water that is!