10 Years of Darfur, 100 Days for Darfur

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I became active in the Darfur movement in late 2004. I did not know exactly how I’d be able to participate in alleviating what was and continues to be overwhelming human suffering. I just knew I needed to act.

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Adef, Abdelmounim, and Gabriel

One of the very first campaigns I helped create and organize was a 100-Day Fast for Darfur. My sister Rachel and I thought fasting would be a good way to connect people with the issue, while at the same time fundraise for direct assistance for the survivors. I had no idea how deep of an experience it was going to be for me and for the many people that participated in that and other fasts we organized since.

2013 is considered the 10th anniversary of the start of the crisis in Darfur. After ten years, millions of people continue to live in internal and refugee camps, with new generations of Darfuri children knowing no other life than the life of a refugee or IDP. Fighting, killing, and displacement continues in Darfur and is also happening in other areas of Sudan. When I started working on the peace for Darfur movement, I never thought that in 2013 I would be organizing another fast to offer hope and support to a population that continues to be besieged.

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Approximate Daily rations of a Darfuri refugee.

Fasting can be powerful. Clearly, for us in the United States and other well-off countries, it is not necessarily dangerous or even a sacrifice. We know that at any moment, we can walk into our kitchen or direct our car to the nearest drive-thru, and our “hunger” will be taken care of. It is meaningful, though, because it makes us think about something we take for granted, when our next meal will be. For those that fast without an option, the question is much more urgent: Will there be a next meal for me and my children?

I am lucky that over the years I have also been able to focus on the beauty and hope that exists in the communities of survivors from Darfur. They are hopeful and actively involved in creating a better future for their children. They value education and sports, and they are excited about connecting with the rest of the world.

The 2013 100-Day Fast for Darfur is about connecting. It’s about connecting as communities and as individuals. It’s about saying “10 years is enough.” Join me in fasting and connecting with our Darfuri friends that have lost so much–but who have so much more to offer. I promise you it will be an experience you won’t forget.

Please join our 100-Day Fast for Darfur.

Peace,
Gabriel

Gabriel Stauring

Gabriel is the Co-founder and Director of i-ACT. He became involved in the situation in Darfur out of a sense of personal responsibility. He believes the power of community and compassion, combined with personal empowerment, can bring about meaningful change.

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  1. February 21, 2013
    Elsie Ciardiello

    I am sorry to say that I cannot fast, I have many medical conditions, gluten free, diabetic vegetarian diets. But what I will do is try not to have any “cheats” on the low carb part of my diet. I also am on a very limited fixed income. The way I try to help Darfur & my other concerns is I spend many hours a day on the computer. I get daily updates on Darfur from many sources by email.

    After reading, the ones that I deem to be most important; which is most of them I tweet about. I am at the moment trying to arrange finances so I can go to the “Emergency Summit” in March in Washingto DC. It would be great to talk to others & maybe get ideas on what else there is that I can do to help, it is fustrating not being able to do much.

    I offer prayers for much success on the fast.
    God Bless
    Elsie

  2. April 10, 2013
    Kathleen

    Elsie, Please look at John and my blog post “Ten years since the Darfuri People were Exiled” and join us in saying the set prayers for Fridays. We intend to make a big shout out! We would love for you to join us, it is something powerful that people with other restrictions can do.

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