Darfur Fast for Life

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

Ruth Messinger’s Journal #2

June 16, 2009 By: Admin Category: Ruth W. Messinger

I have found that access to water makes a difference in fasting. It is not only the water itself but the act of putting something in my mouth. This explains why in some situations where people are starving, they are known to eat dirt.

A certain level of acceptance has settled in—as I walk through my day and watch other people eat, I think, food is for others. At the same time, there is the dull headache and increased level of confusion when tackling various intellectual tasks.

I have thought often today of the people I met in various camps on my trips to Darfur and Chad. Do they have food? Are they hungry? In pain? How is it possible to deal with all of the most basic life challenges when one is perpetually hungry and somewhat confused?

I feel a connection to those who are joining the fasting chain, even those I don’t know, because they have decided to put themselves out somewhat in order to create a link to the people of Darfur.

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