Seeking Empathy - A One Month Refugee Diet

Jeremiah’s Journal – Day 27

My First Thanksgiving

I never would have imagined that my first true Thanksgiving would be my first Thanksgiving without any special, or typical, Thanksgiving meal.

Due to some sickness, and traveling schedules, we ended up not being with any extended family this weekend.  My wife, son, and I ended up spending a few hours with some friends, but none of us ate any Thanksgiving dinner.

This whole experience has giving me something special.  For twenty-eight days I have ate most of my meals in solitary and silence.  With each meal I took the time to think about the Darfur refugees; those who have survived genocide and that are struggling for survival.  I guess I have done what we do every Thanksgiving, gives thanks for that which I have, and remember those that are in need.  This whole month has taught me this powerful lesson in a whole new way.  It’s hard to comprehend that so many in this world live in starvation, and so many die from the lack of food.  With all of our technology and advances in society, we still haven’t been able to figure out one basic principle, to feed every child.

I hope and pray for those in need and for the refugees of Darfur.  I hope that I may never forget the miracle of food and the blessing of being healthy.  I hope to be grateful everyday for the food that I have, and not on just one special day of the year.  I hope that we may all take the time and do what is needed to end all of this.

5 replies on “Jeremiah’s Journal – Day 27”

Miah…. you are so amazing! Thankyou for sharing your experience.
I really want to help, but I feel so far away from knowing what to do. I have a lot of resources in the community here. I would like to present to all my yoga clients about how to help the refugees… I want to start a fundraiser or something… I don’t know how to approach it. . Help me help you help them!

I love you.


Thank you so much. Thank you for joining me on this venture. It means so much to me to have this support.

I have ideas to help you out so let’s talk about the things we can do.

Love you,


Miah, you are so such a wonderful person with so much to share with the world about all that you believe in. I am so glad you got to share in the day with Jess and Boston and share being in the moment for our Darfurian friends with them. There are just a few more days left for your refugee diet, but I know the empathy you have sought will be with you forever.

Maybe 2009 will be the year the violence and genocide end and our friends can plant a new seed for a new, stronger Darfur.

peace, ktj

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience with us Miah. It is an inspiration to work with such selfless people as yourselves, for our friends in Darfur.


Miah & Eric,

Thank you for this selfless month of activism in which you helped all of us to more visibly understand the effects of malnutrition. Your daily reflections made all of us more aware of the depth of the suffering of those displaced with over five years of such hunger.



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