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Paging the Fourth Estate

Posted by John Norris on May 15, 2009

A great statement from Congressman Donald Payne today on his committment to the Darfur Fast for Life:

"On Monday, I joined the Darfur Fast for Life because I wanted to stand in solidarity with the people of Darfur and to express my outrage at the ongoing crisis in the Sudan. In addition to my personal fasting, I am launching a Darfur Fast for Life Campaign on Capitol Hill to urge my colleagues to join me in voicing opposition to the mass atrocities al-Bashir and his regime have orchestrated against the Darfuri people. It is my hope that our fasting will compel decision makers to act more decisively to put an end to the suffering of millions of innocent men, women and children in Darfur. We must do all we can until the violence, suffering, and displacement have ended."

This on the same day that Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen joined Peter Gabriel on the fast. It is great to see bipartisan support for dealing with Darfur.

I wonder how long before some enterprising reporter starts asking the administration about its reaction to these high profile fasters who feel that enough is simply not being done to deal with the situation in Darfur?