Darfur Fast for Life

We fast in solidarity with the hungry and starving in Darfur and for lasting peace in Sudan

Day 1

May 19, 2009 By: Admin Category: Josh Davis

Hi, my name is Josh Davis and I was blessed to compete in 2 Olympic Games where I won 5 medals and was elected captain for the USA team. In addition to winning medals, my favorite moments were meeting a few of the thousands of athletes from around two hundred countries. It was amazing seeing people from completely different backgrounds, regions and religions coming together for a common goal. Our common goal is what brought out the best in all of us! We were there to win!

The reason I have chosen to fast is to join Mia Farrow and others around the world who are ready to win a battle for humanity and the Darfuri people! I am grateful for those who have waged this war by taking action by calling their leaders, traveling to Darfur, and reaching out and asking more to join this effort.

I am not so arrogant to think that I was able to win Olympic medals and reach my potential athletically, academically even spiritually on my own. I had a community who came together to create opportunities for me to succeed. They rallied around me and came to my aid. We, too, can do this for the Darfuris.

I have never attempted to weaken my body to accomplish a goal for international awareness. Most of my life has been spent strengthening my body to gain international recognition . This small act of fasting has humbled me.

Honestly, my initial thought this evening was when will this be over! As I clicked on the video of Adam, the father of six in the refugee camp in Chad, I couldn’t help but think that he, too, might be asking when will this be over?

As he looked at me through the computer screen, I wish I could say in two days! However, you and I both know that when I end my fast in two days Adam will still be asking, “When will this be over!”

We must find him an answer! We must stay united! When I travel The United States speaking to young people, I often share this quote:

A human can go 40 days without food…four days without water…four minutes without air…but you cannot last four seconds without hope!

I can make it another two days without food but how much longer will the Darfuris make it if they loose hope? Let’s give them that hope!

Call your leaders!
1-800-GENOCIDE (1-800-436-6243)

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