Darfur Fast for Life

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

Kimberly D. Mullen’s Journal – Day 1

July 03, 2009 By: Admin Category: Survivor Cast

I made an agreement with myself that while I was fasting for Darfur and reflecting upon it’s significance, I’d not read the journals of others in order to avoid a) having my thoughts swayed and b) realizing that my ability to communicate via a blog is inferior to my amazing fellow ‘Survivors’ and previous fasters. All kidding aside, this is to bring awareness to a horrid situation and I feel honored to contribute to raising awareness for the cause.

So often we look at charity events as raising money, attending a benefit full of festivities, writing a check, or wearing an organization’s t-shirt. While all of those are great and any help should be welcomed, what we are forgetting is that as long as we stay silent and don’t inform the world at large, no one will do anything. We can not idly sit back and assume the person next to us, an elected official or even a higher power alone can or will save those struggling to survive. It is up to us to voice our opinions, raise awareness and demand that rulers take care of their people and contribute to mankind. It must start somewhere and the people of Darfur need our help. We need to be their cheerleaders.

I’m asked frequently what it was like to do the show, Survivor, and if I did it for fame? What most people don’t know is I did the show to test my abilities and to travel – the money would have been icing on the cake. (Remember, I’m hungry right now….) I’d been studying the early communities of Africa in graduate school when I met a previous contestant. Being a fan of endurance activities, risk taking, psychology of mankind, experiencing new things and traveling the world, I thought “wow, this is the perfect opportunity!” During my studies, I’d been fascinated by the necessity of fire and how we are able to progress once our basic needs have been met. (Fire, water, shelter, hunting, etc) Little did I understand that within weeks of studying that topic, I’d be living it. Where am I going with this point, you may ask? It’s quite simple. While fasting I’ve been reminded that what I experienced while out on the island is what thousands experience on a daily basis. Without shelter to rest in and clean water to drink, the odds for survival are stacked against anyone. It is only when basic needs are met that man can prosper. It’s no wonder evil dictators around the world starve their people. Starving people are generally submissive and pose no threat. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand why said leaders turn food and water from aid organizations away or hide it from their people. Once their basic needs are met, they’ll have the energy and clarity to realize who has done this to them and the strength to stop the cycle. That’s why it is up to each and every one of us to not allow what is happening in Darfur to continue. Empowering the people of Darfur is a necessity. They aren’t just blank names and empty faces of the world. It’s quite possible that within the 300,000 people that have already died, a child that could have cured cancer and a future world leader died as well.

It’s up to all of us to work together and demand change. You might think “I am too old/young to do anything,” or “no one takes me seriously” — but those thoughts are preposterous. It’s about finding within you what your strengths are and what you bring to the table. There is a whole world out there that can balance your weaknesses – you just need to be aware of them and ask. All one truly needs is a good heart, the desire for change/end to injustice and the voice to seek help in creating a game plan to make the world a better place.

I’ll leave everyone with one of my favorite quotes to ponder.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

— Kimberly

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