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April 30 – Water-only

April 30, 2009 By: Gabriel Category: Gabriel Stauring

We drove from Fargo, ND to Minneapolis, MN today. For most of the drive, we could see billboard after billboard advertising food joints, with pictures of juice burgers and stakes and fries and tacos and coffee and more. It would be so easy to take any of the exits and be eating in less than 10 minutes. Fast food is fast here in the US.

When we did stop, it was to go to the restroom at markets that every gas station has next to it on the road. Katie-Jay and I have been drinking lots of water today. My mouth still feels dry, though. We are now on a plane flying back home to the Los Angeles area. For once, I am grateful that they do not give free food in almost all domestic flights. So, more water in flight and more doing multiple trips to the restroom.raouda-inside-home

I do not know where are flying over right now, but it looks a little like the view when flying from the capital of Chad to the east of the country, towards where the refugee camps are. There is nothing but browns and darker browns–no greens.

The traveling and the fasting has had me thinking about specific children I have met at the camps. Raouda in particular keeps coming to mind. I imagine her, wide-eyed, waking up in her village to the sound and feel of bombs. Her grandmother calling for her to start running, but Raouda running towards grandma and hanging on to her dress.

They had a long way to travel. I do not know Raouda’s precise exodus story, but I have heard it over and over again from so many other of her people.

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They run without being able to grab food or water. They walk during the night and hide during the day. They take risks at time and venture over to a dry river bed and begin digging for water to drink, but I imagine their mouths remain dry, always. How many family members and friends did not make it across the desert?

I have not felt hungry, but I still have another four hours to go on this 24 hour water-only part of my fast. I am lucky that my travel has been on car and plane. Raouda and her grandma walked. There are still no exit signs for when Raouda might end her fast.

1 Comments to “April 30 – Water-only”


  1. Shannon Sedgwick Davis says:

    G,
    So grateful for you and your commitment to the people of Darfur. Thank you for making this fast happen and doing all you can to include others. I pray that your passion and energy will result in lasting peace and change for the Darfuri people.
    XOXO, Shannon

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