Darfur Fast for Life

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

Day 3

June 20, 2009 By: cory Category: Mia Farrow

My thoughts are with the refugees in Chad and Darfur today. It is National Refugee Day on Saturday and our leaders in Washington seem to be rallying to the cause. Unfortunately, Secretary Clinton broke her elbow yesterday on a way to an appearance with Angelina Jolie to commemorate the day. Hope this amazing woman, who has done and is doing so much to bring the plight of refugees into the public eye, makes a quick recovery.

Again, Gabriel Stauring’s video from Day 5 in the camp and the teams’ blogs really inspired me to stay on the fast for MOST of the day. The picture of the children, unsmiling, fighting for crumbs of cookies is heartbreaking.

Now let me be honest – I did break my fast 4 hours early. I am at work, on my third 14 hour day. Hypoglycemia, I am realizing, really IS a real thing. I got dizzy, lost concentration, and broke down in tears in my trailer. After my cry I had a banana and some peanut butter crackers at my boyfriend’s urging. (Or should I say – at my boyfriend’s threat of committing me to a mental institution.)

Since I am now a bit more lucid, I am thinking about all I’ve read about women and children, whole families in Darfur being burned out of their homes and having to walk for weeks or months with little or no food. I think of a 12 year old boy’s courage who watched his brother and best friend die of starvation and dehydration on the long lonely march. I picture him sitting under a tree, exhausted and without hope but in the end choosing to go on.

You, little one, are inspiring me to go easy on myself for having “failed”. I will probably never experience anything close to the horrific challenges you continue to endure. But if I do, I hope that I will be as brave and strong like you and like all of the people of Darfur.

I will meet you one day. I will share cookies with you under a tree. I will celebrate your hard won freedom. But right now, I Thank-you.

You have given me hope.

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