Mia Farrow calls out for immediate action to avoid famine in Darfur
Actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow was a guest speaker at the recent Millenium Summit in Montreal. She spoke about the crisis in Darfur, a region she has visited 11 times since 2004.
Farrow pointed out that five years have passed since the government of Sudan started its involvement in the destruction of Darfur. Hundreds of thousands of civilians – innocent men, women and children – have died, and 2.7 million have fled into camps in neighbouring Chad.
Farrow stressed the fact that since the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for the arrest of Sudan’s President, Ormar al-Bashir, owing to his responsibility for crimes in the Province of Darfur under the jurisdiction of the War Crimes Court, including crimes against humanity, and crimes of collective annihilation, the international community has only sat by and watched the situation deteriorate. Farrow recalled that within hours of the announcement of the ICC in March, President Ormar retaliated with the expulsion of 16 key aid agencies. According to Farrow, recently back from Darfur, 1 million people in remote areas don’t have access to food, and if nothing is done soon, hundreds of thousands will die of hunger.
As the mother of fourteen children, ten of whom are adopted, Mia Farrow is now devoting her life to humanitarian causes. With the goal of helping those who are less fortunate, she brings an unending source of courage, hope and spiritual strength to her role as mother and activist. Farrow has starred in more than two dozen movies including such classics as Rosemary’s Baby, Hannah and Her Sisters, and the Great Gatsby.