Friday, April 24, 2009


World famous actress, activist and friend of the family, Mia Farrow is raising awareness of yet another global travesty.

Mia will embark on a hunger strike in solidarity with the people of Darfur. That country is currently under savage military dictatorship by the so called "Sudan Government" where people are routinely executed or plainly left to starve in the street.

Many friends of mine feel that just being a humanitarian isn't enough and what Mia is doing, although she is just one person, is bringing the issue closer to home while our general population carries out our own daily struggles. In a way, her actions may indeed, spark the conversation once again and push our electorate to pester our representaive in DC to do something.

May is Genocide Prevention Month. Activist groups had to actually dedicate a month to get the attention needed to spark this effort.
[For shame]

The Sudanese government expelled international aid agencies from the country last month. Farrow says she is calling on world leaders to "help build a credible peace process" to end the violence in Darfur.

Mia will be fasting with just water intake starting next week. I can imagine our regional reps bringing this to committee after a large push from the Hudson Valley urging them to step up on the issue. Wont you Email our representatives?

Recent Summary: The Darfur Conflict is an ongoing conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan, mainly between the Janjaweed, a militia group recruited from local Arab tribes, and the non-Arab peoples of the region. The Sudanese government, while publicly denying that it supports the Janjaweed, is providing arms and assistance and has participated in joint attacks with the group. The conflict began in February 2003.

The conflict has been described by the Western media as “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide.” In September 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated 50,000 deaths in Darfur since the conflict’s beginning, mostly by starvation.


Anonymous said...

bravo. really. we've got to get with it. Children who are hungry and/or unsafe is unacceptable.

Mike Madsen said...

Because Mia is friends with some family members, I felt the posting could occupy a day on the Blog. It's a worthy idea to push our elected officials to do more to remedy the tyrannical corruption that causes so much suffering in Darfur. With the election in the 20th now settled, Murphy can start his career in DC asking Congress to step up.

Instead I get comments like: [Come on people. I know its only been two days since this was listed but for the childrens sake recognize DARFUR!]

Senseless chatter trying to be pithy in the face of something serious.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, this nation doesn't much care about such places if it is "investing" in Afghanistan and Iraq;the former for God knows how long, and the latter for several months longer.
Bill Gates' buildings in Redmond, Washington are also getting a nice highway built with federal economic recovery funds whilst the biggest need for infrastructure repair in that city is being passed by. Political influence. I hope at least some of his Foundation's money is going to Darfur, Sudan, and other desperately poor and violence-ridden nations in Africa, which is a hotbed of such. Otherwise someone should "take some science" and burn a hole in his glasses with a laser beam, even if he did support The Queens Galley for a time and a season.
As for Mia Farrow, as she was married to Woody Allen, one must at least suspect her hunger strike has more to do with post traumatic stress from THAT relationship as anything else. Mr. Allen would have thought that standing naked in front of his wife with a long beard imitating Isiah The Prophet while getting it on with their adopted daughter was a turn-on. She did however do one thing right --which was instead of having "Rosemary's Baby", she did adopt--only a temporary solution(of course!) to the truly insane genius of her ex-husband, but at least one real one, because Rosemary's Baby couldn't possibly have done anything to scare Allen into becoming "nawmull" either.
And finally, to "fix" Kingston is really not possible even in the most idealistic political imaginings;to improve it, such as get together with any "taxable nonprofits" willing to step up to the plate to organize activities for youth for the summer, might well be possible. One wonders if anyone wants to cut through the usual political clutter and get to that type of task...create a critical mass....and do it?!