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September 14, 2009 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

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When Bill was learning about the impacts of climate change, he studied the very real effects that a shrinking Lake Chad has on the people in the region. In most of the 250 climate change presentations he has given, he explains that the issue of genocide in Darfur is multifaceted, but that very real environmental degradation has impacted families’ abilities to fish, irrigate and feed themselves. This exacerbates the problem and puts further burdens on the people in the region.

Day 2

July 10, 2009 By: Gabriel Category: Naheed Simjee, Uncategorized

I can’t say there was anything easy about waking up this morning.  I mean, it was really rough on me.   When my alarm went off at 7:00 AM, I was confused as to what was going on.  I felt so fragile and I also had a hard time getting out of bed without feeling dizzy.  It was somewhere between feeling extremely hungover and waking up from a super dose of anesthesia.   I realized this was the first time I hadn’t eaten a single thing for over 24 hours.  It got to the point where I was second guessing if I was supposed to be drinking water or not.

I really didn’t know what to do to get my blood moving and to shake this bewilderment I was experiencing.  It was my boyfriend’s birthday today and when I called him, I found myself cutting the conversation short because I was so backwards and stumbling over my words.  I felt very discombobulated.  He is very encouraging but is also concerned because I am borderline anemic.

To get myself going, I ran in place for a bit and then jumped in the shower hoping that the water splashing down on me would make me feel a little bit more normal and awake.  It helped a bit, but when I had to walk outside, the sun felt extra bright and it was as though I was moving in slow motion.  It really hit me how sluggish I was when I interacted with the salesperson at the electronics store.  She was trying to explain to me why one product was better than the other and I found myself trying to concentrate on what she was saying, but none of it seemed to matter and truthfully, I just didn’t care.

I had a ton of things to do today and really wanted to be on top of my game.  The friends I work with asked me about five times if I was hungry and what I wanted to do for lunch, quickly followed by, “Oh, I forgot, you’re fasting.” The longer I stayed in one place, the more shaky and insane I would feel.  Then someone came in and said, “there’s pizza!” and I wanted to scream but didn’t have the energy.

I decided to look up the effects of short term food deprivation compared to those experiencing long term starvation.  It was frightening to think about the people that haven’t eaten food for over A MONTH, longer than any of us volunteering to fast could ever endure.  I looked at pictures of people who have died from complications due to starvation and others that were alive but suffering tremendously.  Organ failure.  Inability to fight disease.  Reproductive problems.  Depression.  That victims of starvation are often too weak to sense thirst so they become dehydrated.  Atrophy of the muscles.  Hysteria.  Sensitivity to noise.  All of a sudden, my fatigue and craving for anything disappeared.  I think I just became ill from the photos and disgusted by the fact that this is still going on right here on our planet.

I watched a video today called Darfurian Voices.  There were two quotes that I wanted to share and end this journal entry with.  To me, the voices of the people of Darfur represented the hope and patience of many who have suffered and witnessed this catastrophe. The quotes have been translated from Arabic:

A Darfurian man said

“Of course there is nothing impossible in the universe.”

A Darfurian woman said:

“With regards to the conflict, I’m not a politician or anything like that.  And I’m not well informed of all the relevant issues.  But my humble understanding is that the conflict is the result of injustice.  There is injustice and inequality and there is the marginalization of the people of Darfur.  Peace means security. Peace means stability. Peace is justice.  Without them, there is no peace.”

I am taking on my third day of fasting tomorrow to share the hope and desire for peace of the Darfurian people and to let as many people I know be reminded of what is going on.

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May 14, 2009 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

Legendary recording artist and champion for human rights, Peter Gabriel is taking the fast baton from Congressman Payne and Jon Foreman. For three days, Gabriel will be on water-only fast, starting Thursday, May 14.


Gabriel says: “The people of Darfur have suffered horribly in the last six years and despite many campaigns, protests and the judgment of the International Criminal Court, there has been insufficient international response to stop the suffering. For that reason, I really hope that the Darfur Fast for Life campaign puts the plight of the Darfuris back on the world’s priority list. I also believe it is enormously important that there is sufficient international backing for the ICC to bring President Bashir to trial”.

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will join Peter Gabriel May 14 for one day on water-only.

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen stated: “I join the Darfur Fast for Life today in solidarity with the victims of genocide in Darfur. I have been to the camps for displaced Darfuris and witnessed first hand the suffering of the men, women and children whose lives have been shattered by this conflict. I know that conditions have only worsened following Sudanese regime’s callous decision to expel a number of the humanitarian organizations on which the displaced have come to rely for survival. I can only hope that this small gesture helps to raise awareness that even though Darfur may not be in the daily headlines, the genocide continues.”

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May 13, 2009 By: cory Category: Uncategorized

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May 08, 2009 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

Mia Farrow asked by doctor to stop fast.

I have been instructed by my doctor to stop my fast immediately, due to serious health concerns—including possible seizures at any time. I am fortunate. The women, children, and men I am fasting for do not have that option.

When beginning this fast, 12 days ago, I said that when I could go no longer, I prayed another would take my place, and another, and another, until the expelled humanitarian agencies are readmitted and there is finally justice and peace for the people of Darfur. Hundreds people around the world have joined me in fasting, and I am humbled by the outpour of support for the cause and mission of this fast.

Richard Branson, when hearing of my health situation, immediately said, “Stop. I have started fasting.”

— Mia Farrow

Sir Richard Branson steps in to take over.

Richard Branson — Darfur Fast for Life

May 8, 2009

Mia Farrow has long been committed to the people of Darfur. Over the last 12 days she has been fasting on only water in order to raise awareness for the horrible crisis unfolding in Darfur with the removal of 13 international aid agencies. Mia’s health has taken a downturn over the last couple days and her doctor has asked her to stop immediately. Richard Branson had been asked by Mia to take over the fast starting next week, but he has also now asked Mia to stop and he is going to start his three day fast today to continue to ask world leaders to take immediate action and demand that international aid is restored.

Richard Branson stated; “I’m honoured to be taking over the fast for the next three days from Mia Farrow in her courageous stance to support the people of Darfur. Over a year and a half ago, I travelled to Darfur and was horrified by the stories that people of all ages shared with us. Young children had watched their entire family get killed and then had to survive on their own in unimaginable conditions. I was humbled and inspired by the courage of the Darfuri people and the commitment of the aid organisations that were working on the frontlines. Now, with 13 aid organisations expelled from the country, over 1m people are at grave risk. We cannot stand and watch as 1m people suffer. We all need to stand up and demand that international aid is restored and that the people of Darfur are protected and given the chance to live in peace.”

The following is a statement from the thousands of people who have joined Mia and others in this fast.

We fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur because they do not have a choice. We fast as a personal expression of outrage at a world that has allowed the suffering of millions of innocent people. We fast because as we simply watched, Darfur’s defenseless people were forced into wretched camps where today they are facing starvation and disease. We fast because those in positions of authority who know what is right and just, could and should do more to alleviate their suffering and bring peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.

We fast for Darfur’s courageous people —because we yearn for a world where human rights are respected and a life of dignity is the legacy for every man, woman and child.

Please join us and get involved in supporting the people of Darfur by going to www.fastdarfur.org and taking action.

Take Action for Darfur in the UK

May 08, 2009 By: Katie-Jay Category: Uncategorized

Take action in the UK for Darfur. Here are some ways to bring attention to your leaders.

Contact your LEADERS today

Prime Minister Gordan is asking for YouTube questions and petitions from you!

Contact, by phone or email: Foreign Secretary, the Defence Secretary and International Development Secretary

Write your Members of Parliament

Ask them to:

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  • Publicly support the International Criminal Court’s indictment of Sudan’s President.
  • Urgently seek the return of humanitarian aid agencies to Darfur.
  • Pressure the UN Security Council to ensure protection for Darfur’s civilians.
  • Work towards a peace agreement in Sudan which allows Darfuri’s to return home.*

Alert your local media outlets of your efforts and the situation in Sudan by writing op-eds and letters to the editor, or calling local TV and radio stations, and inviting journalists to cover Sudan and your fast.

The BBC has covered Mia’s hunger strike, be sure to ask them include Sir Richard Branson’s and expand their media coverage of local pressure on UK leaders.

Use the personal stories of Darfuris as well as your own. Tell them why we fast, why you fast, and urge our leaders to act for lasting peace in Sudan.

For more information on contacting your local media, check out STAND’s materials.

Other ways to ACT.

Media Coverage

May 04, 2009 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

Videos

4/27/09 – Mia Farrow on Larry King Live

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April 29, 2009 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

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April 27, 2009 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

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