Darfur Fast for Life

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

Day 22 – Friday, May 8, 2009

May 08, 2009 By: Admin Category: Pam Omidyar

Today the “Mandate Darfur” conference, a gathering of civil society organizations spearheaded by the Mo Ibrahim foundation, that was to be held next week in Addis Ababa, was canceled. The reason? Interference from the Government of Sudan. This is deeply disappointing and distressing. Civil society must play a significant role in any peace process.

This interference speaks to the lack of respect the Government of Sudan has for its own citizens and suggests that it does not really support meaningful peace. Mo Ibrahim and his foundation, along with others, are committed to supporting a real peace process. We’ve heard that one of their team has been detained as well.

I worry that the Government of Sudan is beginning to feel the pressure, and is doing all they can to close ranks. So we must all cry louder for peace. That’s one reason I’m so deeply touched by Richard Branson’s decision to take over fasting for Mia Farrow. Mia’s selfless commitment, at the serious risk to her own health, is deeply inspiring.

I have decided to continue my own fast despite an upcoming trip to Africa. I want to see more action by those in power. I will be in DC in June for World Refugee Day and will make my case on The Hill in person. I am calling and writing letters now. The silence of our leaders here in the United States is not acceptable. Nor is their inaction. Nor is the silence and inaction of the broader international community. Millions are suffering and it is so very clear the Government in Khartoum has no willingness to find a path towards peace. What will it take for us to give them no choice?

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