100 Day Fast for Darfur participants

Adef, Abdelmounim, and G

Day 1: April 7, 2008

Gabriel Stauring of Redondo Beach, California, along with Amber Garrow in Clackamas, Oregon and Malik Abdulrahman in Darfur, Sudan, fasts in solidarity with Adef and pledges $25 to the World Food Programme.

Adef lives in Camp Djabal, Eastern Chad. Adef’s village was destroyed, and he had to flee across the desert with his wife and five children. Their four year old son died during their run across the desert because of diarrhea and he died on his mother’s back. Adef had to leave his little boy behind and continue ahead, so he could save the rest of his family.

Adef, Abdelmounim, and G

Day 2: April 8, 2008

Gabriel Stauring of Redondo Beach, California, along with Judy Bernstein in Rancho Santa Fe, California and Terri Grant in Dallas, Texas, fasts in solidarity with Fatma and pledges $25 to the World Food Programme.

Fatma is a young refugee that lives in Camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. She does not know life outside of a refugee camp. She is alive thanks to the food, water, and other help from international aid. All of her people want to return to a full life in a peaceful Darfur.

Raya

Day 3: April 9, 2008

Gabriel Stauring of Redondo Beach, California, along with Terri Grant in Dallas, Texas, fasts in solidarity with Raya and pledges $25 to the World Food Programme.

Beautiful Raya is a refugee that now lives in Camp Kounoungou, in Eastern Chad. Her father, Adam, pleads with the international community to save his daughter and all of the people of Darfur. They are counting on us and ask us not to give up hope. They ask us not to give up hope on them!

Ghisma

Day 4: April 10, 2008

Shahrzad Nouraini of Honolulu, Hawaii, along with Lenore Snodey, Yesenia Gutierrez in Castro Valley, CA, and Belou Carpenter of USA fasts in solidarity with Ghisma and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Ghisma has a laugh that makes anyone around her happy. She is Adef’s (Day 1) daughter and has been living in Djabal refugee camp for four years. One of her brother’s died on the walk out of Darfur. She has two wonderful twin brothers that laugh with her.

Hassan

Day 5: April 11, 2008

Tiffany Wheeler of Hailey, ID and Belou Carpenter in USA fast in solidarity with Hassan and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Hassan has a twin brother, Hissein. They are always together. Hassan lives with his family in refugee camp Djabal, in Eastern Chad. His father, Adef, and mother, Achta, had to be strong to save their children during the destruction of their village in Darfur.

Hissein

Day 6: April 12, 2008

Tiffany Wheeler of Hailey, Idaho, along with Terri Grant of Dallas, Texas and Belou Carpenter in USA fast in solidarity with Hissein and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Hissein is Hassan’s twin brother. They, with their sister, Guisma, love to laugh. The family of six, lives in one tent, and they are grateful for the help they have received in refugee camp Djabal. They dream of the day they can go back to a peaceful Darfur.

Saleh

Day 7: April 13, 2008

Tiffany Wheeler of Hailey, Idaho, along with Terri Grant of Dallas, Texas, Reuben V. Greene, III of Mukilteo, Washington, Eileen Hutchinson of Portland, Oregon and Belou Carpenter in USA fast in solidarity with Hissein and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Saleh loves to play football (soccer!). He lives in refugee camp Mile, in Eastern Chad. He and his family had to escape Darfur’s violence, which has been raging for over five years now. Saleh’s mother has built a mud hut, so that he could have a room with his brother.

Anima

Day 8: April 14, 2008

Christine Barber, along with Terri Grant of Dallas, Texas, Yelenna Ramos of Isabela, Puerto Rico, Amber Garrow of Clackamas, Oregon and Belou Carpenter in USA fast in solidarity with Anima and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Anima, part of a large family of women who walked for days to reach Camp Kounoungo, attends school to fill her days in the camp. She is shy, but laughs when she is with her girlfriends at school, especially the day we went to school with her.

Asha

Day 9: April 15, 2008

Joanne Leslie (sponsored by: Walter Johnson) of Santa Monica, California, along with Eric J. Lorie, Anne Benvenutti and Belou Carpenter fast in solidarity with Asha. Walter pledges $330 to the World Food Programme.

Asha lives in Camp Kounoungou. Most of the refugees in that camp have been living there for almost five years, after fleeing the destruction of their villages. Asha was welcoming and energetic. She volunteers, helping improve sanitation around the camp. The women of Darfur are the power that keep the camps running.

Abdelmounim

Day 10: April 16, 2008

Ashis Brahma in N.Djamena, Chad, along with Belou Carpenter and Cory and Cathy Middleton in Clackamas, OR fast in solidarity with Abdelmounim and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Abdelmounim is a serious little boy. He has two twin brothers and a beautiful sister. They laugh a lot, but he looks at them with a serious expression on his face. He would have another older brother, but that boy died on his mother’s back, as she and the rest of the family fled the destruction of their village in Darfur.

Asha

Day 11: April 17, 2008

Rev Dr Gloria White-Hammond, a leading figure of the Darfur activist movement fasts in solidarity with Asha and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Zaineb

Day 12: April 18, 2008

Leanne Gillespie of Honolulu, Hawaii and Belou Carpenter fasts in solidarity with Zaineb and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Zaineb lives in refugee camp Farchana. She used to live in Darfur with her mother, father, brothers and sisters. Her father was killed during the attack on her village. He and Fatna, Zaineb’s mother, were walking at the marketplace, when the Janjaweed rode in. Fatna had to be strong in order to save her seven children, including beautiful Zaineb.

Leila

Day 13: April 19, 2008

Pamela Omidyar, along with Rachel Goldenberg of Chester, CT Belou Carpenter and Linda Nowakowski (Team Thailand) in Ubon, Thailand fast in solidarity with Leila and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.
Beautiful Leila lives in refugee camp Gaga, in Eastern Chad. She and thousands of children continue to know of no other life outside of a camp. They live off of the aid that reaches them, and now even that is in great risk. At times it is reduced, and at times it cannot reach them. They are counting on you to help.

Abakar

Day 14: April 20, 2008

Mark Hanis, Founder and Executive Director of the Genocide Intervention Network in Washington DC, along with Belou Carpenter and Moses Kariuki from Nairobi City, Kenya fast in solidarity with Abakar and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme. Moses is sponsored by the STAND chapter of the University of Idaho.

Abakar lives in Camp Kounoungou. This camp is close to the border with Darfur and has been in the middle of a lot of trouble, including conflict between tribes and between the government and rebels. New refugees have recently arrived because the government of Sudan continues to destroy villages in Darfur.

Abalhakim

Day 15: April 21, 2108

Adam Sterling, director of the Sudan Divestment Task Force, along with Amber Garrow in Clackamas, Oregon, Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, California and Ruthie Cartwright fast in solidarity with Abalhakim and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Abalhakim works hard with his father, Adam, to build a library in Camp Kounoungo to educate the next generation of leaders, his peers. He is one of the lucky few young teenage boys to have escaped the attack on his village. Like his father, he has not given up hope for a peaceful Darfur, and continues to work hard at his studies and in his community to make peace a reality.

Abalhakim

Day 16: April 22, 2208

Cory Preston and Ashley Straley in Moscow, Idaho, along with Belou Carpenter and Gayle Rogers in Melbourne, Australia fast in solidarity with Amouna and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Amouna is one of a group of refugee women that volunteers to improve sanitation in their camp, Kounoungou. Women do most of the work in the camps, and they are also the ones that go out collecting firewood, which is very dangerous.

Abalhakim

Day 17: April 23, 2308

Christine Barber, along with Ashley Straley in Moscow, Idaho, Belou Carpenter in USA and Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, Hawaii fast in solidarity with Abalajim and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Abalajim is a young refugee boy that lives in refugee camp Kounoungou with his family. He’s very lucky. His father is still alive. When Darfuri villages are attacked, the Janjaweed target the men and older boys for killing. Abalajim’s father, Adam, is teaching his children English. He wants them to know about the outside world and be ready to go back to a peaceful Darfur.

Zanuba

Day 18: April 24, 2008

Timothy Nonn, founder of the Tents of Hope project, along with Kathleen Scott in Laguna Beach, California, Belou Carpenter, and Sonia Katchian in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, fast in solidarity with Zanuba and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

They are also fasting in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. Today marks Genocide Remembrance Day in Armenia, which commemorates the deportation of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders from the Ottoman capital in 1915, most of whom would be executed as a precursor to the ensuing events.

Zanuba is a young refugee girl living in Camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. Zanuba and other refugee girls love to go to school. It is one of the few things they look forward to. At school, they sing about life back in Darfur, about the way things used to be when there was peace in Darfur. Zanuba wants to continue studying, but there is currently no secondary education in her camp.

Elsair

Day 19: April 25, 2008

Djata Grant in Encino, California, along with Hilary Langley in Clackamas, Oregon, and Consuelo Stauring in Redondo Beach, California, fast in solidarity with Elsair and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Elsair is the young son of Yakoub, the Darfuri school inspector at refugee camp Kounoungou. Yakoub wishes the best for Elsair, the same as we American fathers wish for our children. He wants them to grow healthy and use education to further themselves. But, he also wants them to use education to build a stronger Darfur. Yakoub and Elsair are counting on the international community to help with this monumental task of rebuilding a torn homeland.

Zaineb

Day 20: April 26, 2008

Ellen Furstner in Marcola, Oregon, along with Alexandra Colby in Happy Valley, Oregon Linda Nowakowski in Ubon, Thailand, fast in solidarity with Zaineb and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Zaineb is one of the millions of Darfuri children that have been displaced by the brutal violence in their homeland. Life in a refugee camp is not easy for the girls. They help their mothers with some of the heavy work, including building mud structures, washing clothes. They also go out firewood collecting, which is the most dangerous tasks of all. Many are attacked and raped during these excursions.

Zahara

Day 21: April 27, 2008

Ruth Messinger in New York fasts in solidarity with Zahara and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Zahara is a refugee woman we met in camp Mile, in Eastern Chad. She was building a mud wall around her home area that day. Zahara has wonderful children that are beginning to learn English. The two older boys like to play football (soccer), and they enjoy learning at school. Zahara and her family are part of the lucky ones, the ones that got out alive and escaped the destruction of their village. Hundreds of thousands have not been as lucky.

Youssoff

Day 22: April 28, 2008

Lola Goldberg in Portland, Oregon, along with Pete Wolfe in Moscow, Idaho, Amber Garrow in Clackamas, Oregon, Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, California and Syeda Naqvi fasts in solidarity with Youssoff and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Youssoff is one of 7 children who survived the attack on his village. His mother, Fatna, carried his youngest brother on her back. His father was killed in the market, and Fatna watched him die. Youssoff and his brothers are older than most boys living in the camps, the rest were killed in Darfur and never made it out. On our most recent visit with Youssoff, he was helping build a new brick hut to replace the tent they had lived in for 5 years. But like many families, they do not have enough food, water or clothing. Like all Darfuri’s they want to return home.

Sahadia

Day 23: April 29, 2008

Nell Okie, fasting in honor of Dith Pran and all of the children of Darfur, and Gayle Rogers in Melbourne, Australia fasts in solidarity with Sahadia and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met young Sahadia in refugee camp Djabal, in Eastern Chad. She and her family have been eating the grain that is distributed by the World Food Program and very little else. Sahadia’s orange hair is a sign of malnutrition. With all that they have suffered in the past and continue to suffer in the future, Sahadia, her brothers, and her mother received us as family and were happy to offer us some time under the shade they created from sticks.

Saad

Day 24: April 30, 2008

Katie-Jay Scott in Portland, Oregon, along with Barbara Scott in Tuscon, Arizona, Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Tomas Moreno in Spartanburg, South Carolina fasts in solidarity with Saad and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme. Katie-Jay is sponsored by Justin and Shelley Peterson in Denver, Colorado.

Saad, age 5, has never known life outside a refugee camp. After his mother watched her husband killed in Darfur, she carried Saad and guided her children to safety. Saad is a very quiet boy, but not shy to hold your hand. And when he is holding your hand, he is also holding your heart. He is one of the many Darfuri children living in camps in Chad and Sudan who will not remember their homeland unless we increase our urgency and take more action. Our actions are Saad’s hope and future.

Sadia

Day 25: May 1, 2008

Marv Steinberg, Annie Bakaleinikoff, Greg Lawson in Redding, California, along with Louise Rogillio in San Antonio, Texas, Gene Binder in Bronx, New York, Mara Strauss in Portland, Oregon, Aubrie Salzman in Aiken, South Carolina, and Tomas Moreno in Spartanburg, South Carolina fast in solidarity with Sadia and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Sadia is alive thanks to the international aid that gets to her camp, Farchana, in Eastern Chad. She and all the refugees we have met are extremely grateful for the life-saving help. They, of course, miss so much what they used to have back home. The children talk about drinking milk and eating meat. The adults mention spices and variety in their meals. Sadia’s orange hair is a sign of malnutrition, since she has been eating the same thing daily for years.

Madina

Day 26: May 2, 2008

Semhar Araia in Washington, DC, along with Djata Grant in Encino, California and Miriam Kohn in Portland, Oregon fast in solidarity with Madina and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

They also fast in remembrance of the Holocaust. Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, in memory of six million Jews who were slaughtered while the world stood by.

Madina has spent half of her life in refugee camp Farchana. The people in her camp have started to build mud structures, adding livable space around the tent they got many years ago. Tents in Farchana are ragged. Madina, sleeping in a tent, feels the wind come in, and, during the rainy season, water floods in. They are also beginning to build mud structures because they are not sure that they will be able to go home any time soon. They know that they need the help from the international in order to go back to Darfur.

Talha

Day 27: May 3, 2008

John Prendergast, Co-Chair of the ENOUGH Project, Susan Megy in Galway, Ireland, Scott Warren, Director of STAND, along with Team Thailand (Linda Nowakowski in Ubon, Thailand, Holland Rhodes in Tracy, California, and the Darfur Action South Carolina Team (20 Fasters from all over South Carolina) fast in solidarity with Talha and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Talha is a boy we met in refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. He and and his family, along with many neighbors from his village, had to walk days across the desert to make it to this camp. His home and all homes in his village were destroyed. Although Talha and his friends saw and experienced things we cannot even imagine, they remain very positive and hopeful. They all want to be teachers, and doctors, and engineers, and even the president of their country, when they grow up. At the moment, their future is very uncertain. They are being kept alive by international aid, but they want and need more than to just stay alive.

Mousdalpha

Day 28: May 4, 2008

Pete Wolfe in Moscow, Idaho, along with, April Perkins, Ashley Ramelow in Redding, California, and Marty Fromer in Portland, Oregon fast in solidarity with Mousdalpha and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Salawa

Day 29: May 5, 2008

Adam Carpinelli, Ursula Crawford, Amber Garrowss, Nicolle Frey, Nathan Somers, Jerren Massey and Jill S. fast in solidarity with Salawa and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.Young Salawa lives in a refugee camp in Eastern Chad called Farchana. That is not her home. When she, her friends, and anyone in the camps use the word home, they are always talking about Darfur. If you ask even the young refugees if they would like to go back to their home, Darfur, they usually say: “I would return today or tomorrow, if there was peace.”

Oumar

Day 30: May 6, 2008

Juan Carlos Stauring in Redondo Beach, California, along with Gayle Rogers (Team Australia) in Melbourne, Australia and Anya Barnett (Team Beth Israel) in Portland, Oregon fast in solidarity with Oumar and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Oumar at refugee camp Djabal, in Eastern Chad. Gayle, I’m sure you remember Oumar. He was the leader of “the other” football team, the one that lost the first game against us but then came back to beat us on the second. We had a great time with him, and we got to meet his family. Oumar’s father died of illness in the camp, so Oumer is the man in the family. Sometimes, there is violence in the area where Djabal camp is, so humanitarian services have to stop. Recently, the World Food Program has announced that it was being forced (because of a general food crisis and low donation) to cut rations to 1200 calories for refugees. That’s the kind of reality that Oumar and millions have to live. They still receive us with open arms and offer us tea and food.

Sadik

Day 31: May 7, 2008

Gina L. Okuda-Stauring in Koloa, Hawaii, along with Emily Georges Gottfried in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, Hawaii and Maya Lewinsohn of Team Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon fast in solidarity with Sadik and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Sadik is a young man we met in refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. By western standards, he is actually really a boy. Where he escaped from, though, he is very lucky to be alive. If he had been caught by the Janjaweed, when they destroyed his village, he would have been killed along with many of the other men and boys. Males are killed because the Sudanese Government and the Janjaweed don’t want them to ever come back and fight. The girls and women are raped. Sadik is now a refugee, and his future is far from certain. He and others are counting on us to help them get back home.

Mariam

Day 32: May 8, 2008

Rachel Veerman, Anne Benvenuti and Rachel Spiegel of Team Beth Israel fast in solidarity with Mariam and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Mariam lives in refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. She is a part of a beautiful community that is led by strong women, as is the case in all of the camps we have visited. Mariam and her friends go to school early in the morning, usually without having had anything to eat. They then come home and help their mothers and aunts and other women and girls to do the chores that are needed. The girls love to study, but their future is very uncertain, with them seeing little hope of returning home any time soon.

Nafis

Day 33: May 9, 2008

Joanne Leslie (sponsored by Walter Johnson) in Santa Monica, California fast in solidarity with Nafis and pledge $330 to the World Food Programme.

We met Nafis in refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. This has been her home for years, after her other home, her first and real home, was destroyed in Darfur. Nafis is no different than any of our own children. She likes to learn; she likes to be with friends and family; she likes to play. She has also experienced and seen things that no child should have experienced and seen. Nafis and her friends want to go back to their home, Darfur.

Rashida

Day 34: May 10, 2008

Marcia Prasch and Susan Nichols in Boise, Idaho, along with Linda Nowakowski and Holland Rhodes of Team Thailand and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Rashida and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Rashida is a mother and a widow. She lives in refugee camp Farchana with her children. The four children and Rashida all sleep in one tent. In the summer, the tent gets extremely hot. In the winter, wind comes in. The two boys and two girls all go to school and are very proud about how well they do in their studies. They would like to continue studying, so that they can be a part of building Darfur’s future.

Saat

Day 35: May 11, 2008

Rachel Veerman in Los Angeles, CA, Christine Dallio in Oak Lawn, IL, Cristie May Scott in Seattle, WA, Thea Hayes of Team Beth Israel in Portland, OR and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Saat and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Saat in a refugee camp in Eastern Chad. Camp Farchana is very close to the border with Darfur. There is very little vegetation around the camp, so that Saat and other girls and women from the camp have to walk for hours in order to find enough firewood to cook their meals every day. Most of Saat neighbors in the camp were also neighbors back in Darfur, before their village was destroyed. Some of the families are now building mud structures around their tents. They are not sure if or when they’ll be able to go back home to Darfur. They ask us, visiting Americans, when do we think there will be peace in Darfur. They are counting on us to help them.

Majoub

Day 36: May 12, 2008

Tim Nonn in Petaluma, CA along with Amber Garrow in Clackamas, OR, Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, CA and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Majoub and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Majoub is a refugee we met at camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. He is a apparently happy boy. He comes running to meet us and smiles like the other children we meet at the camp. The boys play soccer with us and have way too much energy for the amount of food they eat. Majoub has gone through experiences that are so outside of the reality that I have lived. His village was destroyed. Family members were killed. He and the survivors had to walk for days across the desert to make it to camp Farchana. Majoub continues to smile, though, and shares in the belief that most refugees express as we meet them. They believe that the international community will come and help them return home.

Shelphadene

Day 37: May 13, 2008

Yelenna Ramos in Isabela, Puerto Rico, along with Hilary Langley in Clackamas, OR, Gayle Rogers of Team Australia, and Danielle Spring of Team Beth Israel fast in solidarity with Shelphadene and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Shelphadene is one of millions of children that have been brutally displaced from their homes in Darfur. He now lives in refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. Chad is itself very unstable and has been experiencing violence. Services to Shelphadene’s camp is often interrupted. Shelphadene’s life is not easy, but he is one of the lucky survivors from Darfur. Many have died and many are living inside of Darfur in dangerous and horrible conditions.

Ousman

Day 38: May 15, 2008

Pamela Omidyar, along with Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, HI, Jerry Fowler in Washington DC and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Matalie and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Matalie was born in Darfur, Sudan. He now lives as a refugee in Camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. To make it to this camp, Matalie had to first escape the destruction of his village, where many family members and neighbors were killed. He then had to be strong enough to walk for days across the desert. Matalie has seen horrors that we cannot even imagine. His life in Farchana is not easy. There is chaos and violence in Chad also, and services to the camp are many times interrupted. Matalie wants to be a child, going to school and playing football soccer, but he many times has to think about what adults are doing to him and others in Darfur.

Ousman

Day 39: May 15, 2008

Dylan Tansy in Scotts Valley, CA, along with Tom Tansy in Scotts Valley, CA, Barbars Tansy in Scotts Valley, CA, Brian Tansy in Scotts Valley, CA and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Ousman and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Ousman in a refugee camp in Eastern Chad. Camp Farchana has been Ousman’s home for over four years. He has been living in the same tent and eating the same food, all of it provided by international aid. His home in Darfur was destroyed.

Mohamed

Day 40: May 16, 2008

The Tansy family (Dylan, Tom, Barbars, and Brian) in Scotts Valley, CA, and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Mohamed and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Mohamed and his family in refugee camp Mile, in Eastern Chad. He and his older brother, Saleh, love soccer. They talk about European and Brazilian stars and like to play a game with friends, when there’s a ball available. Mohamed speaks a little bit of English. He is very proud of his home. His mother helped the brothers build a mud hut that serves as their own room. Mohamed and Saleh are lucky to be alive. Although they are only boys, when their villages are destroyed in Darfur, their age range and older are targeted to be killed.

Makmoud

Day 41: May 17, 2008

Linda Nowakowski in Ubon, Thailand and Holland Rhodes in Tracy, CA of Team Thailand in Tracy, CA, along with Cheryl Zechmann in Portland, OR, along with Sherry Harbert in Portland, OR, Natalie McClintock in Gladstone, OR and David Barwinski in Bronx, NY fast in solidarity with Makmoud and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Makmoud in Eastern Chad, many days walk from where his village used to exist, in Darfur. He is now a refugee in camp Farchana. Even though Makmoud is young, he and his friends talk about wanting peace, so that they can go back home. They have dreams, just like other kids around the world. They want to be doctors and teachers and more. They want to do this to help others.

Salima

Day 43: May 19, 2008

Scott Lake in Portland, OR, along with Amber Garrow in Clackamas, OR, Lisa Chaliberg in Blacksburg, VA, Natalie McClintock in Gladstone, OR, Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, CA and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Salima and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Salima is a beautiful girl we met in a refugee camp in Eastern Chad. Camp Farchana is not an easy place to live in. Salima and approximately 19,000 other displaced people from Darfur have lived there for years. Some of the girls and boys that are in Salima’s age range get to go to primary school. It’s the one activity they say they like in the camp. There is currently no secondary education for the children, so some of the boys go back to Darfur, and the girls help their families and then get married. They would much rather continue studying and with their dreams of becoming teachers, doctors, and leaders.

Ramadan

Day 44: May 20, 2008

Kendal McDonald in Beaverton, OR, along with Alia & Joshua Hagenbach in Bend, OR, Gayle Rogers of Team Australia in Melbourne, Australia, Becca Giovannozzi and Tasha Humayun of Team Beth Israel in Portland, OR and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Ramadan and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Ramadan is a Darfuri refugee. He lives in camp Djabal, in Eastern Chad. Ramadan would like the opportunity to continue studying and someday help his people rebuild Darfur. He is very lucky to be alive, since young men his age are the targets to be killed, during the attacks on their villages. There are very few young men his age in any of the camps. When given the opportunity to send a message to Americans, he asked for education, an opportunity to continue growing.

Selma

Day 45: May 21, 2008

Pamela Omidyar, along with Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, HI, Evonne Heyning and Taylor Eubanks fast in solidarity with Selma and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Selma is one of 11 students in sixth grade at her school. She is the only girl. We met her in refugee camp Djabal, in Eastern Chad. There is no seventh grade, so Selma and her classmates’ education will be over, unless some help gets to her camp. She asked for assistance from Americans. She wants to continue studying, and she wants peace in Darfur, so she can return home. Selma wishes for Darfuri women to be united, so they have more power to help their people.

Madi

Day 46: May 22, 2008

Rev Gloria White-Hammond (Chairperson of ‘Million Voices for Darfur’) in Boston, MA, along with Alysha Aziz and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Madi and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Madi is a boy we met in Eastern Chad. He’s a refugee, living in Camp Djabal. Madi and other boys in Djabal like to play soccer, but there are no soccer balls to play with. They sometimes make balls out of any fabric they can find, which they roll up and tie with string. They also like to go to school, but there’s only primary education in Madi’s camp, so they cannot hope to continue studying and growing educationally. Most students drop out of school by the 5th grade, knowing that there will be nowhere to go when they finish primary school. Some of the older boys go back to Darfur, where they are prime targets for government and Janjaweed forces.

Kadija

Day 47: May 23, 2008

Jo(setta) Owen in Portola Valley, CA, along with Julie Lipson, Justin Shear, and Joanie Laporte of Team Beth Israel in Portland, OR and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Kadija and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Kadija in refugee camp Djabal, in Eastern Chad. She is a strong woman that does all that she can so that her children are healthy. Women in camps do not have it easy. They do most of the hard labor, such as building structures for their homes around the tent, washing clothes, cooking meals, and collecting firewood. It is very dangerous to collect the firewood, since they have to walk long distances in areas that are not safe. Kadija and other women still maintain a positive attitude. They want their children to grow strong and in peace. They want them to continue their growth in a peaceful Darfur.

Mohamed

Day 48: May 24, 2008

Susan Megy in Galway, Ireland, IRE, along with Megan Goldner in San Antonio, TX, Jeffrey Goldner in San Antonio, TX, Linda Nowakowski of Team Thailand in Ubon, Thailand, Holland Rhodes of Team Thailand in Tracy, CA and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Mohamed and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Mohamed at refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. We played football (soccer) with him and what seemed like dozens of other boys over beyond some hills, not far from the camp. We played on sand that made it feel as if we were playing at the beach, except for no ocean. While playing, we could see women walking back from far away with large bundles of firewood on their heads. We called Mohamed “Chris Rock” because of how much he looks like the comedian. What do you think? Mohamed/Chris is a leader. He organized the game, and it was far from easy with all of those kids that kept on coming. We are hoping that he can someday soon be a positive leader back in a peaceful Darfur.

Nima

Day 49: May 25, 2008

Chann Noun a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, breaks his vow to fast today. He is supported by the following fasters — Amanda Goldner, Emily Goldner, Katie-Jay Scott, Izzy Director, Julie Sullivan, Carleen Xiong, Chanly Bob, RS Tang, Gabriel Stauring, Navid Ziaie, Katie Schou, Carole Jordan, Corrine Livesay, Kipp and Miriam Morrill, John Doldo IV and Robin Brust — all of whom fast in solidarity with Nima and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Nima has a sister and two brothers. We met them outside of their home in refugee camp Kounoungo, in Eastern Chad. Nima, her family, and millions of other Darfuris have had to flee their homes in order to stay alive. Nima’s father, Adam, is building a library in camp Kounoungo. He believes in helping others, so he sold some of his remaining animals to build the structure, out of mud, where he hopes to teach others about the outside world. Adam told us that only the international community can help peace come to Darfur. He would love to take Nima back to Darfur, where they used to have a nice home with papaya and mango trees around it.

Miriam

Day 50: May 26, 2008

Ed Goldner in San Antonio, TX, along with Maggie Donahue in Eugene, OR, Lisa Goldner in San Antonio, TX, Amber Garrow in Clackamas, OR, Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, CA and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Miriam and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Miriam lives in refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. We met her thanks to her 10 years old son, Mansur. He took us to his home, a tent with some mud and stick structures around it. He told us of the day his village was destroyed. Mansur had drawings on the wall of his hut that showed the violence, with men being shot and a baby laying on the ground, dead. Miriam wants her son reach his goals and be happy. Mansur wants to continue studying, and he wants his family to be safe.

Gemie

Day 51: May 27, 2008

Hilary Langley in Clackamas, OR, along with Gayle Rogers of Team Australia in Melbourne, Australia and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Gemie and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Gemie is a young refugee girl we met at camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. Gemie is alive thanks to the international aid that has come to help her people in Chad. They receive a tent, food, and water. There is great instability in the whole region, so that services are sometimes interrupted at the camps. Gemie at times has had to do with lower rations of everything that a child needs to live. The World Food Program, which supplies food to the camps, has had to cut rations because of attacks on their trucks. Drivers and other of their workers have been injured and killed. Gemie is lucky to have a strong community around her, so that she feels loved. It is up to the international community to provide protection and the basic rights that we all take for granted.

Fatma and Kadija

Day 52: May 28, 2008

Jeff Warren in Dallas, TX, along with Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, HI and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Fatma and Kadija and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Fatma, as other girls in the refugee camps, is a great older sister. She helps take care of her little sister, Kadija, and she has been doing it for a long time. We met both of them in refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. As soon as they are strong enough, girls start carrying their younger siblings. They also help their mothers with other tasks around the homes. They also, at times, help with the very dangerous task of collecting fire wood. What they like the most, though, is to go to school and to sing. Fatma sings at school about what life used to be like in a peaceful Darfur.

Badu

Day 53: May 29, 2008

Desirae Stewart, Rachel Lemons and Phuong Nguyen, all from the David Douglas Group in Portland, OR, fast in solidarity with Badu and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Badu at refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. Badu and her friends are getting the very basics for survival, but they want to do more than survive. They love school and would like to continue studying and be teachers, engineers, and doctors. If the situation in Darfur and in Chad continue as they are now, Badu has little chance of being more than a refugee.

Djiwerie

Day 54: May 30, 2008

Diane Gandee Sorbi in Redwood City, CA, along with Desirae Stewart of David Douglas Group in Portland, OR, Rachel Lemons of David Douglas Group in Portland, OR, Nicola Hesketh in Santa Monica, CA and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Djiwerie and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Djiwerie was born in Darfur, Sudan but now lives in refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. Her father was killed during the attack on her village, as he and Djiwerie’s mother walked through the market. The Janjaweed rode in and killed many and chased the rest in to the desert. In a matter of hours, Djwerie went from living at her home to becoming one of the millions of people displaced in Darfur. People continue to be displaced after five years.

Fatouma

Day 55: May 31, 2008

Robert Hadley of Clackamas High School in Clackamas, OR, along with Holland Rhodes of Team Thailand in Tracy, CA and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Fatouma and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Fatouma in refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. She sat quietly at the back of a tent, as we talk with her family about their lives at the camp and how it used to be back in Darfur. Fatouma and the other women in the camp escaped from Darfur after their village was destroyed. They gathered their children and ran across the desert. They always remain strong for the young ones and work to keep them healthy and safe. Fatouma and all of her neighbors in the camp are grateful for the international aid. They also want help in getting them back home to Darfur.

Day 56: June 1, 2008

Nikki Serapio in Palo Alto, CA, along with Evonne Heyning and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Djedda and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Djedda lives with her sisters and mother in refuge camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. Farchana is not far from the Darfur border. Djedda and her family walked and ran from their destroyed village to the border, where they were met by United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees officers and latter brought to the camp. The girls and others believed that their stay in the camp was going to be short-term. They never thought that they would still call Farchana home five years later.

Fatna

Day 57: June 2, 2008

Amber Garrow in Clackamas, OR, along with Reid Rector in Washington D.C. and Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, CA fast in solidarity with Fatna and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Guisma 3

Day 58: June 3, 2008

Aubrey Urdahl in Portland, OR and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Guisma 3 and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Guisma is a refugee girl we met at Camp Farchana in Eastern Chad. She and her family escaped Darfur after their village was destroyed. Guisma loves to go to school and spend time with her friends. Her home is a tent with some other stick structures around it. The kitchen is a little hut, where they have a fire burning for cooking their meals and boiling water for tea. Guisma and her siblings sleep on the ground. It gets cold in the winter, and water comes in to the tent during the rainy season.

Fatna

Day 59: June 4, 2008

Consuelo V. Stauring in Redondo Beach, CA, along with Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, HI, Eleasa Trifiletti and Jerri Fite in Mcarthur, OH fast in solidarity with Fatna and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Fatna is a beautiful little girl that we met in refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. Her brother, Mansur, took us to his home to show us some drawings he had made, showing the destruction of his village. Fatna, Mansur, and the rest of their immediate family were lucky to get out alive, but they lost extended family, friends, and neighbors. Their village no longer exists. Although they have been through horrible events, Fatna and her family are very positive and maintain hope about returning to a peaceful Darfur.

Adam

Day 60: June 5, 2008

Teresa Stauring in Beverly Hills, CA and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Adam and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Adam in a refugee camp called Kounoungo, in Eastern Chad. Adam is a remarkable man. He sold some of his remaining animals, so that he could build a library for the people in the camp. He wants them to know more about what is happening in the world. Adam believes that this will help them be better prepared for their future. Adam and his wife have three boys and two girls. They live in a tent given to them by UNHCR. The library he is building out of mud bricks. Adam asked the international community not to forget them.

Darsalam

Day 61: June 6, 2008

Ginny Parker in Basalt, CO, along with Virginia Parker and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Darsalam and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Fatima

Day 62: June 7, 2008

Wanda Arcos (Peace and Justice Community of St. Cross Episcopal Church) in Manhattan Beach, CA, along with Linda Nowakowski of Team Thailand in Ubon, Thailand and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Haissan and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Fatima in camp Kounoungo, in Eastern Chad. She is a part of a large group of women that belong to the same family. They all get together at Fatne’s tent, the woman elder of the family. Fatima’s camp has been receiving new arrivals, refugees that have had to flee their villages in Darfur after new attacks by the government and the Janjaweed.

Haissan

Day 63: June 8, 2008

Margaret Li in Waterloo, NY and Anne Guthrie and Billy Gomberg in Brooklyn, NY fast in solidarity with Haissan and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Haroum

Day 64: June 9, 2008

Amber Garrow in Clackamas, OR, along with Hilary Langley in Clackamas, OR, Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, CA and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Haroum and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Haroum is a Darfuri refugee, living in camp Djabal in Eastern Chad. He is in the sixth grade and would like to continue his schooling, but there’s no seventh grade class. Haroum and his classmates do not have many options as they grow older. Many of the boys return to Darfur, where they become prime targets to be killed. They all dream of a future and ask for our help.

Fadila

Day 65: July 1, 2008

Nancy Okie in Madison, CT, along with Gayle Rogers of Team Australia in Melbourne, Australia and Eleasa Trifiletti fast in solidarity with Fadila and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Fadila is a strong woman we met at refugee camp Farchana, in Eastern Chad. She and other women in her camp are the main reason all the children around them are alive. They carry and guide them out of the burning villages; hide them from attackers during the day; find food to feed them; dig deep holes to get water for them to drink; and then give them love and hope at the camps. She is grateful for the assistance they receive as refugees, but Fadila wants more for her children and all the children of Darfur.

Fatima

Day 66: July 1, 2008

Rachel Veerman in Los Angeles, CA, along with Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, HI and Elyse Park in Oxford, MI fast in solidarity with Fatima and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Fatma

Day 67: July 1, 2008

Rev Gloria White-Hammond (Chairperson of ‘Million Voices for Darfur’) in Boston, MA, along with Joanne Leslie (sponsored by: Walter Johnson) in Santa Monica, CA, Monique L. McIntyre and Anne Benvenuti fast in solidarity with Fatma and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Fatma at refugee camp Mile, in Eastern Chad. She and her mother were building a mud wall around their home. They and other refugee that reach Chad are given a tent, they then build around it to make it feel more like home. Of course, it never really feels like home. They tells that they would go home “today or tomorrow,” if there was peace and protection in Darfur.

Darsalam close up 4

Day 68: July 1, 2008

Tim Nonn (Founder of the Tents of Hope project) in Petaluma, CA and Mimi Schiff fast in solidarity with Darsalam close up 4 and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Fatne

Day 69: July 1, 2008

Tim Nonn (Founder of the Tents of Hope project) in Petaluma, CA and Linda Nowakowski of Team Thailand in Ubon, Thailand fast in solidarity with Fatne and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Day 70: July 1, 2008

Jenae Sturgis in Happy Valley, OR fast in solidarity with and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Haloum

Day 71: July 1, 2008

Amber Garrow in Clackamas, OR, along with Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, CA and Jessica Vela in El Paso, TX fast in solidarity with Haloum and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Fatouma

Day 72: July 1, 2008

Carolyn Zook in Portland, OR, along with Gayle Rogers of Team Australia in Melbourne, Australia, Daniel T. Getahun in St. Paul, MN and Angelica Cox in Las Vegas, NV fast in solidarity with Fatouma and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Dahab

Day 73: July 1, 2008

Leisha Wharfield in Eugene, OR, along with Aubrey Urdahl in Portland, OR and Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, HI fast in solidarity with Dahab and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Elsair

Day 74: July 1, 2008

Monique L. McIntyre and Karina Vanderbilt fast in solidarity with Elsair and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Faiza and Zainab

Day 75: July 1, 2008

Hilary Langley in Clackamas, OR fast in solidarity with Faiza and Zainab and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Halima

Day 76: July 1, 2008

Linda Nowakowski of Team Thailand in Ubon, Thailand fast in solidarity with Halima and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Djiwerie

Day 77: July 1, 2008

Karine Tchakerian fast in solidarity with Djiwerie and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Magma and Islam

Day 78: July 1, 2008

Amber Garrow in Clackamas, OR and Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, CA fast in solidarity with Magma and Islam and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Darsalam and Mohamed

Day 79: July 1, 2008

Gayle Rogers of Team Australia in Melbourne, Australia fast in solidarity with Darsalam and Mohamed and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

We met Darsalam and her son, Mohamed, in a refugee camp in Eastern Chad. Her husband had been recently killed, as he traveled to a Chadian village. Darsalam and her family fled the destruction of their village and the violence that has engulfed Darfur. The east of Chad is now also virtually lawless, and the refugees suffer from the instability.

Day 80: July 1, 2008

Deborah Berk in Clackamas, OR and Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, HI fast in solidarity with Aljafis and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Day 81: July 1, 2008

Karine Tchakerian and WOW (Women On Top Of The World) in Los Angeles, CA fast in solidarity with Zahara. WOW pledges $1000 to the World Food Programme.

Day 82: July 1, 2008

Jill Lehman in Atlanta, GA fast in solidarity with and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Sumaya

Day 83: July 1, 2008

Linda Nowakowski of Team Thailand in Ubon, Thailand fast in solidarity with Sumaya and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Madia

Day 84: July 1, 2008

Jeff Barton in Lake Oswego, OR fast in solidarity with Madia and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Arraya

Day 85: July 1, 2008

Randy Blazak in Portland, OR, along with Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, CA and Amber Garrow in Clackamas, OR fast in solidarity with Arraya and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Islam

Day 86: July 8, 2008

Noelle L’Etoile in Davis, CA, along with Monica K. in Chicago, IL and Gayle Rogers of Team Australia in Melbourne, Australia fast in solidarity with Islam and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Abou

Day 87: July 8, 2008

Aubrey Urdahl in Portland, OR, along with Dr. Joel Fischer in Honolulu, HI and Caroline Bulsara in Perth, Australia fast in solidarity with Abou and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Abdulhadi

Day 88: July 8, 2008

Monique L. McIntyre fast in solidarity with Abdulhadi and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Abdalatif

Day 89: July 8, 2008

Ryan Lee Rieger, along with Eric J. Lorie and Brent Armstrong in Chester Springs, PA fast in solidarity with Abdalatif and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Amhoush

Day 90: July 8, 2008

Linda Nowakowski of Team Thailand in Ubon, Thailand fast in solidarity with Amhoush and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Fadila

Day 91: July 8, 2008

Glenn Drinkwater in Littleton, MA fast in solidarity with Fadila and pledge $25 to the World Food Programme.

Ghamis

Day 92: July 8, 2008

Amber Garrow in Clackamas, OR, along with Nicolle Frey in Bakersfield, CA, Awareness and Action Unite in Bend, OR, Claire Ellis and Sarah Boston in Bend, OR fast in solidarity with Ghamis. Awareness and Action Unite pledges $400, Sarah pledges $100, and the rest pledges $25 to the World Food Programme.

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