Actress Mia Farrow has started a hunger strike to draw attention to this tragedy. She said, "I remember the late Senator Paul Simon said of the Rwandan genocide, if just 100 people from each district had contacted their state leaders and national leaders then our government would have ended the Rwanda genocide. That puts a burden, gives us a sense of empowerment and makes us realize we have a responsibility to be one of those 100 people. If everyone thinks what can one person do?' then no-one does anything. Then all these lives will be lost."
She also said, The people of Darfur are going to starve in huge numbers. I'm going to fast I hope for 21 days if I last that long, but the people that are going to starve to death cannot be heard, their voices cannot be heard. I've just come back from one month in the region, I have friends there and I have promises to keep. I'm proud to do whatever I can to the plight of the displaced people.
In early March, the international criminal court issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al Bashir for the murder, rape, torture and displacement of millions and he retaliated by expelling 16 key aid agencies from Darfur and there has been no response. I keep thinking the shoe is going to drop; this surely is a line that cannot be crossed. He has already displaced nearly three million people; he is now going to sever the lifeline to those displaced people who cannot sustain themselves? Are we going to let that happen? I can't believe that there hasn't been a larger outcry that merits the death of more than a million people.
Please call the White House or call your elected leader; tell them it's not acceptable. Tell them we are not prepared to watch more than one million people die.
Or call 1-800-G-E-N-O-C-I-D-E (1-800-436-6243). God cares about these people who will be killed by the Sudan government. Please call.