Husna carries the blue UNHCR card which states how many family members are registered, and therefore, how much food they will recieve this month for 5. Who knows how many unregistered people she has to feed.
Every month she lines up with her empty oil jug, and several reused food distribution bags from the past. She must patiently wait at the start line, until her name is called and she she signs with her finger print. The race for food, and life, begins.
Only one woman per family is allowed to go through the line, so she must balance the bags carefully so as not to spill what is supposed to last a month. Salt and sugar first, since they are the smallest. A large wooden box of soy-wheat cereal with a flour-like consistency is next, she holds her bag open while it is scooped inside. Women pass by, knocking her from behind and stepping very close to her bags. She hands her empty oil jug to the women with the cylinder tin USA oil. She screws the lid on tight sealing the 13oz. 5 scoops of yellow lentils into her last bag. UNHCR card punched, one more bag to collect, the heaviest of them all. Once outside the busy, tight line morphs into a larger crowd of women, children, food piles, and donkeys. Names shouted by an aid worker indicate the last pick up of the day, about ! of a bag of sorghum, dragged on the ground by Husna and other women. If they are lucky, they have a donkey to help carry it home.
When Food Runs Out at the end of the month, they drink tea, and neighbors try to share what is left. Many have traded some of their rations, in a saturated marketplace, for a little meat or vegetables. Right now they receive less than 2000 calories a day.
DARFUR FAST FOR LIFE | WHO WE ARE
Darfur Fast For Life is an initiative launched by a group of people who stand in solidarity with the innocent and starving victims of genocide in Southern Sudan. On April 27, we will begin fasting to help turn the world's eyes and conscience towards the 4.7 million people who are now facing starvation, and, to inspire our leaders around the world to work towards creating respect for the human rights everywhere.
You can join by participating in water-only and/or “refugee rations” fasts to bring attention to the immediate humanitarian crisis in Darfur created by the expulsion of aid organizations by the government of Sudan.
We call on President Obama, international leaders and any person of influence for the immediate restoration of all aid services and unimpeded access for aid workers to the refugee population, as well as a credible process to bring lasting peace and justice to Sudan.
You can make a difference. Please join us today at fastdarfur.org
APRIL 27, 2009 | MIA FARROW BEGINS 21 DAY WATER-ONLY FAST
As part of the Darfur Fast For Life, activist-actress Mia Farrow has begun an extended hunger strike in solidarity with the people of Darfur. During her fast, Mia will be blogging at fastdarfur.org and at MiaFarrow.org.