Mia Farrow to go on Hunger strike: Ethiopians are Encouraged to Join – Los Angeles Chronicle

April 28th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Mia Farrow is to go on hunger strike as an “expression of outrage” over the ongoing Darfur crisis in Sudan. War criminal Melese Zenawi says “this is not a humanitarian crisis in Darfur and an outrage is unnecessary.” (more…)

Mia Farrow is to go on hunger strike as an “expression of outrage” over the ongoing Darfur crisis in Sudan. War criminal Melese Zenawi says “this is not a humanitarian crisis in Darfur and an outrage is unnecessary.” The American actress and humanitarian campaigner will begin her fast on Wednesday next week and hopes her actions will spur US President Barack Obama and other world leaders into action.

Writing on her website, the 64-year-old star of Rosemary’s Baby said: “I am preparing for a hunger strike. On April 27th I will begin a fast of water only in solidarity with the people of Darfur and as a personal expression of outrage at a world that is somehow able to stand by and watch innocent men, women and children needlessly die of starvation.” The Sudanese government recently expelled around a dozen aid agencies from within its borders, including Oxfam and Médecins Sans Frontières, after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the country’s president, Omar al-Bashir, on suspicion of war crimes.

Miss Farrow said: “I undertake this fast in the heartfelt hope that world leaders who know what is just and right will call upon the government of Sudan to urgently readmit all of the expelled agencies or otherwise insure [sic] that the gap is filled, giving aid workers unimpeded access to the populations before they begin to die in numbers that could dwarf the Rwandan genocide.” She signed off: “I hope human rights advocates and citizens of conscience around the world will join me in some form of fasting, even if for one day. And when I can no longer continue, I pray another will take my place, and another – until finally there is justice and peace for Darfur’s people.” Miss Farrow is the former wife of Frank Sinatra and the conductor André Previn.

Her 12-year love affair with Woody Allen broke up when she discovered he was having a relationship with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi.

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