(WASHINGTON) – Several US lawmakers announced a fast today in solidarity with the people of Darfur, imitating actress Mia Farrow, who recently completed a 12-day-long hunger strike.
More than a dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus appeared at a press conference alongside the actress to announce that they each in turn would fast for several days consuming only water, until ending the group protest in August.
The Congressional Black Caucus welcomed actress and activist Mia Farrow Tuesday for the launch of the Darfur Fast for Life Campaign. According to a press release form Congressman Donald Payne’s office, the campaign calls on the CBC and others “to fast in solidarity with the Darfuri people who are suffering at the hands of the Omar al-Bashir regime in Sudan.”
Members of the U.S. Congress are urging President Obama to take further steps to address the situation in Darfur. Lawmakers joined Darfur activist and actress Mia Farrow and others at a news conference on Capitol Hill.
Acting on doctor's orders earlier this month, the 64-year-old actress ended a 12-day-long liquids-only hunger strike to protest the expulsion by Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of more than a dozen humanitarian aid agencies from Darfur.