New York-based actress Mia Farrow, 64, who's a long-term campaigner over Darfur, is to go on hunger strike next week in solidarity with the people of the war-hit region in Sudan.
The gesture is intended as a protest against the Sudanese government's March decision to expel 13 foreign aid agencies after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir, who'd been accused of organising atrocities against civilians.
Mia, who was once married to Frank Sinatra and has a family with director Woody Allen, wanted to express "outrage at a world that is somehow able to stand by and watch innocent men, women and children needlessly die of starvation, thirst and disease," she says.
"I undertake this fast in the heartfelt hope that world leaders who know what is just and right will call upon the government of Sudan to urgently readmit all of the expelled agencies or otherwise insure that the [aid distribution] gap is filled."
The actress, who starts a water-only fast on Monday, called on others to join her in "some form of fasting, even if for one day".
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