Darfur Fasters Begin Week Four
West Chester, PA. On Thursday, October 5, 2006, the first four fasters began their daily decrease of food to roughly half the calories required for health, 1000 calories per day on average. Rescue Darfur Fast-Till-Genocide-Stops is a call to we-the-people-of-the-world to a global Fast,a form of a mass Hunger Strike to unmistakably demand UN termination of the Genocide.
“Darfur is Dying for heroes,” said Rosemary, a mid 40’s conservative, Christian writer in California who is on a 400 calorie per day Hunger Strike. “During WWII, Jews saved from Genocide were saved by 10,000 plus “rescuers,” citizen heroes that risked everything, including their immediate families to save others. ‘Never Again’ means nothing if not ‘Never Again so few citizen heroes in the face of Genocide.’”
“This Rescue Darfur Fast is my way of fighting with commitment, paying a high price to stop the Genocide. When I find an even more committed way in which I can stand against this slaughter of our family in Darfur, I’ll take it" Rosemary explained.
“For me, the global Rescue Darfur Fast is a first step in understanding the pain of those in need,” said David, a mid 20’s small business owner in New Jersey. “My fast is about 1,300 calories per day but I find this a meaningful commitment because in addition to working seven days per week I am an avid athlete. It is pretty tough, I’m frequently hungry. But so is my family Darfur.”
Since early 2003, the Arab government of Sudan has been waging a campaign of genocide against targeted African communities in Darfur, western Sudan. Over 450,000 people have lost their lives in Darfur since the genocide began. More than 2.5 million people have been displaced, their livelihoods and villages destroyed by government forces and their proxy militias, and many thousands of women and girls have been raped by these forces(More at: AfricaAction.org).
“I always believed if I were faced with the Holocaust in my lifetime, I would take a stand and try to stop it,” said Mary Rachel a mid 20’s Catholic, business woman, athlete, wife in Pennsylvania. “Today, I am faced with the Genocide in Darfur and I must stand. Although a small effort, this fast connects me to my family in Darfur and it may be the loudest way I can fight this atrocity.”
The fourth of these initial Rescue Darfur Fasters, Jay, is a mid 50’s business executive turned full time volunteer activist. “Even more than my continued blogging and other publishing regarding Darfur, the Rescue Darfur Fast is the way I can pay more than ‘lip service’ to my family Darfur’s need without abandoning others in my immediate family here in the US who also depend on me.”
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