April 22, 2009

Farrow to go on hunger strike

U.S. actress Mia Farrow says she plans to go on a hunger strike to protest the Sudanese government's decision to expel foreign aid agencies from Darfur.

Farrow has long campaigned on behalf of the people in the war-ravaged region. The goodwill ambassador for UNICEF said she plans to start her fast of only water Monday.

The BBC quoted the 64-year-old actress as saying she wants to demonstrate outrage at a world that is somehow able to stand by and watch innocent men, women and children needlessly die of starvation, thirst and disease.

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 that the (aid distribution) gap is filled, said the star of Rosemary's Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters and Be Kind Rewind.

Thirteen aid groups were banned last month after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, who is accused of orchestrating atrocities against civilians in Darfur, the BBC said.

Farrow is the daughter of late Irish actress Maureen O'Sullivan and Australian film director John Farrow. She was once married to late singer-actor Frank Sinatra and later had a long-term relationship with filmmaker Woody Allen.

Her spokesman said Farrow will fast for as long as possible.