Musicians, film stars,
moguls, activists all come together.
By Blurt Staff
I don’t mind stealing
From the mouths of decadence
But I can’t feed on the powerless
When my cup’s already overfilled
But it’s on the table
The fire is cooking
And they’re farming babies
While the slaves are working
The blood is on the table
And their mouths
But I’m growing hungry
(-from “Hunger Strike,” Temple of the Dog)
Joining activist-actress Mia
Farrow and Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson is Switchfoot
frontman Jon Foreman on the Darfur Fast For Life project. They are all fasting
and only taking water for three days in order to raise awareness of the
humanitarian crisis currently taking place in Darfur, as well as to encourage
long-term U.S. Government actions to bring lasting peace to the people of Sudan.
Also taking part: U.S. Representative Donald Payne
who is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global
Health and works tirelessly to end the suffering in Darfur.
Expressing his outrage at the situation in Darfur, Foreman said, in a statement, “Can it be possible
that right now, two and a half million people are waking up in camps and
refugee camps having been driven from their homes by violent means? Under the
same sun, could it be true that almost half a million people have died of starvation,
violence, and disease over the past six years in Darfur?
Is this true?! And if this is true, why has the media remained almost
completely silent on the issue? Why has our government maintained it’s current
stance of inaction?”
Foreman follows Actress-Activist Mia Farrow and
Virgin CEO and Founder Sir Richard Branson and others in sharing their
experiences through video and blog posts at http://www.fastdarfur.org .
The Darfur Fast for Life: We are
leaders, activists and citizens around the world who fast in solidarity with
the people of Darfur because they do not have
a choice. We fast as a personal expression of outrage at a world that has
allowed the suffering of millions of innocent people. We fast because as we
simply watched, Darfur’s defenseless people
were forced into wretched camps where today they are facing starvation and
disease. We fast because those in positions of authority who know what is right
and just, could and should do more to alleviate their suffering and bring
peace, protection, and justice to the people of Sudan.
We fast for Darfur’s courageous people -because we yearn
for a world where human rights are respected and a life of dignity is the
legacy for every man, woman and child.