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Actress Mia Farrow Joins Fast to Fight Hunger & Violence in Darfur

She says you can also be a part of this growing Ecosystem of Change, as Peter Gabriel called it during his fast.

Actress Mia Farrow
Actress Mia Farrow

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - In response to inaction from the world in addressing increasingly desperate conditions in Darfur, Activist-Actress Mia Farrow began a water-only hunger strike on April 27, 2009.

Her doctor ordered her to stop after 12 days, seeing that she was in grave risk of irreparable damage to health. When Mia began her fast, a community formed around her, and thus Darfur Fast for Life.

Sir Richard Branson immediately took over for Mia, and a continuous, uninterrupted fasting chain is now shinning a light on Darfur.

Darfur Fast for Life has allowed for individual and collective expressions of solidarity with the survivors and for increasing pressure to create the political will necessary for our leaders to actively work towards a lasting solution for peace, protection, and justice in Sudan.

Others that have joined Darfur Fast for Life include Peter Gabriel, Jon Foreman, Pam Omidyar, Shannon Sedwick-Davis, John Prendergast, Gabriel Stauring, Josh Davis, Jane Wales, Abigail Disney, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, David Hodges, Michael Ditchfield, along with hundreds of citizens (many from Oregon)- from over 33 countries across the world.

Alysha Atma with, says Congressman Donald M Payne joined and extended his three-day water-only fast to four days.

"Being so moved by the experience and from feeling a close connection to the survivors, having traveled to Darfur refugee camps, he asked the Congressional Black Caucus to participate, and thus a fasting chain of congressmen and women has started, including Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, and more to come."

She says you can also be a part of this growing Ecosystem of Change, as Peter Gabriel called it during his fast.

"Fasting alone will not bring the change, of course. Everyone is called to ACT—tell others about Darfur and to contact the media and their own leaders demanding action. We cannot wait for governments and institutions to act on their own."

She says those who want to join and act should go to

You can email Alysha Atma at and you can reach others connected with the Darfur Fast for Life by emailing: Email:

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