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#1 Jangler

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 09:35 PM

http://news.bbc.co.u...ent/8011675.stm

Mia Farrow will begin a hunger strike next week to show solidarity with the people of the war-hit Darfur region of Sudan, she has said.

The actress, 64, said she was fasting because the Sudanese government had decided to expel foreign aid agencies.

Thirteen aid groups were expelled in March after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir.

Mr Bashir is accused of orchestrating atrocities against civilians in Darfur.

The government has been fighting rebels in the region since 2003.

I undertake this fast in the heartfelt hope that world leaders who know what is just and right will call upon the government of Sudan to urgently readmit all of the expelled agencies

Mia Farrow


The UN says that up to 300,000 people have died during the conflict and 2.7 million driven from their homes.

Farrow said she wanted to express "outrage at a world that is somehow able to stand by and watch innocent men, women and children needlessly die of starvation, thirst and disease".

"I undertake this fast in the heartfelt hope that world leaders who know what is just and right will call upon the government of Sudan to urgently readmit all of the expelled agencies or otherwise insure that the [aid distribution] gap is filled," she said.

'Only water'

Farrow, who was once married to Frank Sinatra and later had children with Woody Allen, called on "human rights advocates and citizens of conscience around the world" to join her in "some form of fasting, even if for one day".

The actress, who is a goodwill ambassador for UN children's foundation Unicef, plans to start her "fast of only water" on Monday.

A spokesman for Farrow said she would fast for as long as possible.

Doctors estimated that, given her slim build, this would be for a maximum of three weeks, the spokesman added.

But Sudan's ambassador to the UN said that, instead of fasting, Farrow should use her fame "to put pressure on the rebel groups to come to the negotiating table".

"The government is committed to the welfare of its own citizens and doesn't need anybody to remind it of that," Abdalmahmoud Abdalhaleem told Reuters news agency.

"Darfur should cease to be an arena for those seeking fame and publicity."
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#2 rodeo

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:00 PM

well, can't fault her for caring.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:06 PM

she should use her hard earned millions, hire a security team and go over and kick some ass.

#4 engine9

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:10 PM

I hear she has a hot granddaughter...

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:07 AM

ignoramus.

nothing pisses me off more than seeing "solidarity" events like that. the university where i study hosts such things pretty frequently... students camp out on the commons area overnight and don't eat for a day. they stuff themselves beforehand so it won't be so bad, than hang out and have fun in tents, and then eat a nice big meal afterwards.

then they feel good about themselves, and meanwhile, the homeless are still homeless and the hungry are still hungry.

morons, if you're going to show solidarity, actually DO something... either be useful and actually physically help with these sorts of things, either monetarily or with your hands, or shut up and stop pretending.

/rant

#6 Jangler

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:26 AM

I will agree with most of that, But she has been speaking about Darfur for awhile, so it's nothing new for her. Nobody is listening anymore (if anybody ever did), so she is doing what she can.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:49 AM

I will agree with most of that, But she has been speaking about Darfur for awhile, so it's nothing new for her. Nobody is listening anymore (if anybody ever did), so she is doing what she can.


I'm not knocking her efforts specifically... just the general notion that such meaningless actions actually accomplish anything for the victims at hand. moreover, it smacks of yet another celebrity taking up a crusade in an attempt to justify his or her extremely wasteful, lavish lifestyle.


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