Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Former senator fasts for Darfur

By John Beifuss; Michael Lollar
Washington


WASHINGTON - Former Senate majority leader and Tennessee Republican Bill Frist fasted on three days this month and will fast again on Sept. 21 to bring attention to the genocide in Darfur in the Sudan.

Frist held a water-only fast on Aug. 14, Aug. 19 and Aug. 21 in solidarity with the 1.1 million refugees after 13 humanitarian aid organizations were banned from assisting them earlier this year, according to the group Darfur Fast For Life.

Various celebrities and activists have been fasting for one or more days since actress Mia Farrow began a 17-day fast in April. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., a key member of the Gang of Six senators working on health care reform, was fasting on Monday, according to the group's spokeswoman April Lassiter. Read more >>>>>>>>>>

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