My sincere apologies; nice having my ignorance laid out for all to see. And yet, this isn't going to stop me from writing about it as I learn you know.
I'm still planning on fasting for solidarity with the people of Darfur (okay, at least it will make me feel better if not them because sometimes, you can't just sit still and accept things as they are or you'd just go a little looney tunes). And I'm still hoping that as awareness is created around the suffering of others in our world family--help will come.
Here's a youtube video on the Dafur Genocide: A Present Reality
This is how I first became aware of the situation in Darfur: http://miafarrow.org/
Former actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Mia Farrow, was fasting for 12 days and it was posted on msn.com. She stopped for health reasons (she was doing water only) but billionaire Richard Branson picked up the fast and others joined in, and of course we still can: http://www.FastDarfur.org/
I liked Victoria's insights which she blogged about during her 21-day fast here:
She posted this game: 'Darfur is Dying' – "a viral video game for change that provides a window into the experience of the 2.5 million refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan. Players must keep their refugee camp functioning in the face of possible attach by Janjaweed militias. You will learn from this simple game how next to impossible it is to stay alive." >Play the game.
If you are not interested in fasting but feel inspired to do something, Victoria says you can call the White House and protest at 1-800-GENOCIDE or (1-800-436-6243). When you call you’ll be given information to connect to your representative or senator (based on your zip code). Call between 9-5 PM EST.
You can reach the White House at (202)-456-1111.
Credit: photo courtesy of Mia Farrow's photo gallery on miafarrow.org on her trip to Dafur. The women in the photo are waiting for food.