Darfur Fast for Life

We fast in solidarity with the hungry and starving in Darfur and for lasting peace in Sudan
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Ruth Messinger’s Journal

June 15, 2009 By: Admin Category: Ruth W. Messinger

I am already amazed at the power of announcing that a cause is worth fasting for. People have sent e-mails with all sorts of opinions, and have approached me at events to wish me luck and ask about my motivation. Many people have inquired about the fast and many more have visited our website to join up to fast in solidarity.

It is amazing when you have made a decision to fast how quickly it appears that food is everywhere; not even actual food—that I anticipated—but photos of food, articles about eating… as I go through my day and absorb just how much food is around us, I now think about Darfur, in a tangible reminder of the daily suffering experienced on the other side of the world as we concern ourselves with restaurants, dieting and organic produce.

Every day I receive a variety of Darfur-related emails which I scan, read and delete as a matter of course. But today I am downloading each and reading it through carefully to keep front-and-center what I am doing and why. This fast is reminding me of the people on whose behalf we are organized and organizing that they may some day soon resume their lives.

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