Darfur Fast for Life

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

Lyla Peterson – May 7, 2009

May 08, 2009 By: Admin Category: Oregon Community

Seriously if we can try to encourage one another to keep going. Today was a helpful day to me in slowing down, in being more aware of the situation and of how much time I usually spend eating, cooking or going out to eat and it helps to focus and clarify the thinking. I will never forget a couple Septembers ago I was in New York City and there was a group of people there with a huge photo on the sidewalk. It was of their beloved leader who was arrested in Mrynmar (Burma) after being democratically elected and has been on house arrest for several years. They were such sweet people and they said that 18 of them were fasting for her (they were> right by the UN). I have followed the situation much more closely and did a little reading up on it after that event. All that to say that it did have an impact that I will carry with me and if there is ever a chance to vote for something to help Burma those folks have my vote. Just want to send out a word of encouragement to all those who are fasting today and especially those who are on long fasts. I was going to do water only today but modified it a bit due to being at the tail end of a cold. But even the few things I have been doing has helped raise my awareness and thoughts of those in Darfur and has given me an even greater admiration for those of you in for a longer haul. Thank you for what you are doing and hopefully your inner strength and resolve will grow even as your body may feel weaker. Just know that it is important what you are doing and we can hope and pray that a critical mass will grow of awareness and concern for those who don’t have the option of fasting, but it is forced upon them by their daily situation. Also wanted to pass on the info that I got a phone call from Mercy Corp today and their rep said they although they have had to pull out of Darfur they do have refugee camps in South Sudan and some of the Darfurians are fleeing there for help. Wasn’t able to get more details, but if anyone is so inclined their phone number is: 800-292-3355 or an email question can be sent to: donorservices@mercycorps.org Thanks for all of you and your commitment to this important mission.

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