May 5, 2009

Tonight: Mia Farrow Impacts Her World

Posted: 11:48 AM ET

Mia Farrow is now in the second week of her hunger strike, and tonight she'll tell Larry how it's going.farrow3

The purpose of the hunger strike is to raise awareness about the crisis in Darfur.  Larry spoke with Mia the day she stopped eating.  To see that interview CLICK HERE.  And to find out more about Mia's hunger strike visit

Mia also wrote an exclusive commentary for our blog.  It got a lot of people talking.  To check out her commentary CLICK HERE.

Beyond the obvious question of, "how hungry are you," we'll ask how the strike is being received (the reaction hasn't been all positive), and whether she's thought about quitting yet.

Plus, Mia is kicking off our "Impact Your World" segments.  Every few weeks, we'll focus on different ways you can help make a difference, starting tonight with the crisis in Darfur.

To learn more about Darfur and how you can help, go to


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Darfur Fast for Life | May 5 - Day 9 of Mia Farrow’s Hunger Strike   May 5th, 2009 12:38 pm ET

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Eric   May 5th, 2009 2:03 pm ET

Mia has inspired a community from around the world. Hundreds of people have pledged to fast with her and the people of Darfur. People from Canada, Kenya, Australia, Germany, UK, Jamaica, Italy, Romania, USA, Mexico, Nepal, and Scotland are fasting in solidarity with the people of Darfur in Sudan and Eastern Chad that are fasting not by choice.

Tammy Pendleton   May 5th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

I stand with Mia and all those who stand with the people of Darfur. I have been fasting water only now once a week, I will continue this fast for as long as it takes – my heart bleeds for those who are starving and suffering and having to watch their children and loved ones die in their arms. ENOUGH ...this HAS to end!! GOD Bless the many who Mia has touched and will continue to encourage and together we can all make our voices be heard to help those who are in DESPERATE need of our help! We as a Nation need to make a stand and say we will not let this happen on our watch!

Barbara Kite   May 5th, 2009 2:24 pm ET

Fasting with Mia to help everyone understand we are one world. How can we allow this to happen? How can we sleep at night unless we do something. Call the president. Demand caregivers be stationed in Darfur so famine will not be our legacy in Africa. We slipped in Rwanda badly, let's not again.

Cory   May 5th, 2009 2:28 pm ET

Mia has reignited the fire for action and peace in Darfur. Not only are thousands of people joining Mia to fast in solidarity with the people of Darfur but Mia's decision to go on a hunger strike has caused quite the stir, bringing our focus to the disgusting acts of genocide that are taking place in Darfur.

Joanne Pollack   May 5th, 2009 2:38 pm ET

Mia has inspired so many people. I am an advisor for STAND(Students take Action Now for Darfur) group at an Oregon High School. We will be doing the refugee fast one day a week to raise awareness for Darfur and support MIA! We have worked for two years and sent tents over to the refugee camps, and raised awareness in our small community and school. Our youth are energized and want to help. Their spirit is amazing.... they are watching eagerly to see what steps world leaders will take. These young people are learning how to be politically active andwatching Mia and the Oregon activists unite is inspiring. We hope it makes a difference for the 15,000 who may die each month of starvation, illness and violence. Thanks you!

Veronica   May 5th, 2009 3:02 pm ET

I am fasting inspired by these women (Mia and Pam). This is my 9th day and I've lost 11 pounds. People in Sudan don't have the option to just grab something from the pantry and put an end to their situation like I do. The pain and then the numbness that comes with the fasting is very hard to describe and it is nothing compared to what millions are suffering every day until they can't anymore and die. What will it take to move the world's powerful people to action? You tell me and I'll do it.

Marv Steinberg   May 5th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

I am a 77 year old retired educator. I lost my daughter, Suzanne, 4 years ago after watching her battle MS since she was diagnosed as a teen ager. I became active in the movement to end the genocide in Darfur and to raise funds for humanitarian relief in Darfur and Chad a year later. I am fasting one day a week in solidarity with Mia Farrow and the over 4 million victims of the genocide. I am hoping that hundreds more in the Redding, CA area will join me–especially on May 19, when Exhibit Darfur, featuring photography by Miss Farrow, will open in the Redding City Hall. Mia Farrow has inspired me to continue my involvement and by joining in this fast, I feel more connected to Adam, Abakar, Husna, Ouman, Ahmat, Dajhima and all of those Darfuris who are fasting without options.

Nancy Grant   May 5th, 2009 3:16 pm ET

Mia has inspiried so many people. I started the fast with her 9 days ago and my goal is also 21 days. To create awareness and encourage others to take action, I write about it in the social ial media avenues I use for my business and yesterday focused my monthly newsletter with typical topics on business, career & personal development, on the Darfur crisis and the need for us to take action.

My purpose in fasting is to show solidarity with the people of Darfur and to raise the level of awareness so action will be taken. From the feedback I'm getting, I know it's already happening, and what others have done has inspired me to take further action.

Thank you for your attention to this important and often forgotten situation. If we don't help, these people will die. The situation is critical.

Maggie Donahue   May 5th, 2009 3:20 pm ET

Mia's unwavering commitment to the people of Sudan has inspired me over the past three years to keep working with my community to end the suffering there. I have been fasting one day a week to support her 21 day fast. It's a small thing I can do. The discomfort I feel throughout the day creates empathy for those who are hungry without choice. I especially ache for the mothers who must witness their children go without food.

Jeremy Steinman   May 5th, 2009 3:21 pm ET

I FASTED! In the spirit of acceptance of diverse cultures around the world and Microsoft's commitment to diversity, I commited to and did a Water only fast last Wednesday and Thursday. I have never fasted a day in my life, so I wasn't sure what to expect. My mother, who lives in California visited for the first time in years and arrived Tuesday night for our sons first communion this last Sunday. For the first two day of her visit, I didn't eat a thing with both my wife and mother pleading with me to at least eat something. After two day of not eating, and the hunger and occassional pain I felt, I can only begin to imagine what the people of Darfur are going through and the sacrifice Mia is making on their behalf. To know that I had food to eat was both comforting and torturing, but those hungry around the world in situations like Darfur have little to no hope. Their hope lies in our compassion and ability to take a simple action through a phone call expressing our hope that we would do something to help. Hope is a powerful thing when coupled with action.

lyla peterson   May 5th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

Thank you for having Mia on your show and drawing attention to this human suffering that is beyond belief. I have been trying to advocate for Darfur the past four to five years and it is beyond belief that we have allowed this genocide to continue while the world "twiddles its thumbs". We are accountable for what is happening and it is unimagineable that we have not been able to protect those suffering people and stop the atrocities against them. We have the capability but why don't we have the will. Mia inspires us to continue to advocate and many of us in Oregon have been reenergized and are making a pledge to fast on Wednesdays until this atrocity ends. People said how did the holocaust happen and now we know why: people either refused to believe or shut their eyes and looked the other way. Thanks Larry for doing your part to put this before our eyes.

lyla peterson   May 5th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

Thank you for having Mia on your show and drawing attention to this human suffering that is beyond belief. I have been trying to advocate for Darfur the past four to five years and it is beyond belief that we have allowed this genocide to continue while the world "twiddles its thumbs". We are accountable for what is happening and it is unimagineable that we have not been able to protect those suffering people and stop the atrocities against them. We have the capability but why don't we have the will. Mia inspires us to continue to advocate and many of us in Oregon have been reenergized and are making a pledge to fast on Wednesdays until this atrocity ends. People said how did the holocaust happen and now we know why: people either refused to believe or shut their eyes and looked the other way. Thanks Larry for doing your part to put this before our eyes.

johnny   May 5th, 2009 3:28 pm ET

I live in Canada, and I gladly joined Mia in her fast. I only lasted 2 days, and it was very difficult. God bless you Mia, for raising this issue and maintaining its profile at the highest levels. I pray the world will wake up !! God bless you Mia, thank you Larry.
(windsor, Ontario)

ndodge   May 5th, 2009 3:33 pm ET

I participated in a refugee rations fast on day 1 of Mia's fast. Fasting is a way to, within hours, rediscover basic human needs and to have our own hunger cut through the complacency that I think we all deal with. People need to eat, and not everyone has food. Nothing is more basic or more tragic. Thank you, Mia, for raising awareness.

Diane Koosed   May 5th, 2009 3:34 pm ET

We must put humanity before politics, and Mia, along with groups like Stop Genocide Now, are helping people across the world to focus on this. I am humbled by the willingness of so many people– including here in my home state of Oregon - to fast in solidarity with Mia and with the people of Darfur who have no choice. I am eager for LKL to focus on this fast and the need for action in Darfur. The world knows what's happening, and yet it stands idly by.

Susan Roe   May 5th, 2009 3:36 pm ET

Thank you Mia Farrow for doing this. I was able to commit to 2 days of fasting and that is the very least I can do. I am inspired by Mia's pledge and I am right on board with her, we MUST stop what is happening in Darfur, it is the 21st century and we have these type of brutual rapes and burning of villages going on, help us stop the insanity. Prayers and love to each person in Darfur who has been abused, we are working with you...

Ruthann Daly   May 5th, 2009 3:42 pm ET

I started the fast on the day that Mia did. I did it to raise awareness for these horrible atrocities that are happening in hope that something finally will be done. What happened to me, I didn't expect. I did it for only 72 hours. I had no idea what an awful horrible feeling it is to not have food. What it does to your mind. Your brain is not clear and all you think about is food. Its a consuming awful feeling. Not only are you hungry, you feel like you are losing your mind. This for only 72 hours and this knowing that food was a arms reach away. Now imagine what the refugees go through? Just a little taste of understanding their tragedy!

Karen Callahan   May 5th, 2009 3:46 pm ET

I water-fasted one day. Nothing compared to what the Sudanese refugees are experiencing every day. I hope world leaders put more pressure on the government of Sudan to allow more humanitarian aid to Darfur. Thank you Mia for your compassion. Get outraged people!!!

Patty   May 5th, 2009 3:49 pm ET

How can we not support this cause? One day of only water was not only letting my voice be heard, it was also good for my health. When we can choose to not eat for a day and still be healthy and safe, you have to do something to help those poor frightened adults and babies that do not have any choice at all. We as human beings cannot allow this horrific stituation to continue regardless of what country it is in, it is shamful to turn the other cheek, we have to help.

Gary Chandler in Canada   May 5th, 2009 3:49 pm ET

I totally agree with Civil Unions. As a matter of fact, if two spinster sisters lived together as a family, or adult mother and son, or two brothers, let them register as 'family' with all of the 'benefits'.
However marriage, between anyone but a man and a woman is violation of copy write!
You cannot register as a catholic priest a jewish rabbi or a Hopi medicine man as an individual 'right'. Native 'status' is also protected, well maybe not anymore.
Using the case law that allows same sex marriage anybody should be able to call themselves anything they want.
If Hemsley can leave a fortune to a dog, a cowboy should be able to 'marry' his horse.
Civil Unions YES.
Gays that want to steal the sacrament of marriage either want the economic benefits, or they are latent heteros!?
If I was gay, I would want nothing to do with being called 'married'.

Patty   May 5th, 2009 3:51 pm ET

Mia, if God has a wallet, your photo is in it...Keep up the fantastic work you are doing to draw attention to this horrible situation. God Bless You.

Peter M   May 5th, 2009 3:51 pm ET

Last week I endured a five day water only fast. I intend to fast at least one day a a week to show my support for the people of Darfur and the community which has expressed its outrage at the heinous crimes being comitted against the people of the Sudan.

I implore our political leaders to bring a swift end to this atrocity of genocide. How can we stand by silently without action, without conscience?

Gary Chandler in Canada   May 5th, 2009 3:58 pm ET

Using all the same 'legal' arguments to condone same sex marriage, can you imagine if somebody registered as Masonic Grand Poopah!?
The impersonation would not be allowed by the courts.
There is no such thing as same sex marriage. It does not exist!
Called it garriage and allow civil unions, but let's, please, protect the English language!
oh and I am, by the way, the Prez of the USA, how can you say deny it, my freedom to (:+P

Gary Chandler in Canada   May 5th, 2009 4:02 pm ET

This lawmaker Sestak was just talking to Sanchez. He must have an IQ of 80, or less.
If all those ships were armed, the way he is proposing, the goods that you buy from that shipping would 5 times more expensive!!!
Would he not understand this???
If 1/10 of the money for armed protection was spent on developing an economy in Somalia, there would be a chance to reduce piracy. sheesh
and he was a Democrat!!!??
Annie gets your guns!

Eric   May 5th, 2009 4:08 pm ET

I fasted with Mia last week. I ate the same "refugee rations" that are distributed in the refugee and IDP camps in Eastern Chad and Sudan - just a little over 1,000 Calories. I also did this for the entire month of November last year - including Thanksgiving. The food aid distribution consists of 7 oz of cracked wheat, 1 oz of wheat cereal, 1/6 cup yellow split peas, 2.4 teaspoons of oil, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and 1/10 teaspoon of salt.

Visit to learn more and join the global community that is fasting in solidarity with the people of Darfur.

MorningStar70   May 5th, 2009 4:10 pm ET

On March 4, President Omar al_Bashir of Sudan became the first sitting head of state to be indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.

The indictment of al_Bashir now seems utterly irresponsible and immoral.

The current impasse is dangerous for the west, and may take months or even years to resolve. Realistically, how much pressure can be brought to bear on al_Bashir, with the economy stretched to breaking point?

In any case, it now seems much less likely that the North will acquiesce to hand over the resources necessary for the South to become a viable state — assuming the 2011 referendum in the South leads to independence.

May Gd bless you all and may justice come to the aid of the Darfuris…

Sharen in Illinois   May 5th, 2009 4:11 pm ET

I stand with Mia and our community of devoted
humanitarians. All my life I have heard people
say how they would have done "something"
when millions died during the holocaust.
How could people have allowed such a shame?

This is our holocaust! How can WE ignore it?
We must stop genocide now. How long can
these sweet people survive without food and
We cannot pretend it away.

Tod Foulk   May 5th, 2009 4:17 pm ET

1st I want to say I cannot conceivably relate in any way, shape, or form to being forcefully reloctated, persecuted for my Christian faith, have my family members murdered, and my property stolen by an oppressive government supporting barbaric muslim militias while the countries in the world powerful enough to immediately stop this stand by and argue the semantics of genocide.

Even international celebs like Mia Farrow who began this hunger strike crusade, Sting, and Bono cannot get the leaders of the world to end the madness so I know my proverbial 2 cents wont mean a thing, but I choose to at least try to undertsand the physical discomforture suffered by those who are without food.

I wont even pretend I can understand their mental anguish and I will continue to pray for peace in the world and justice, for not just Darfur but everywhere.

-the above is a cut n past from my blog at as i am so stinking hungry from a simple 3 day fast and disgusted with our world 'leaders' i can hardly form a coherent sentence.

Samantha   May 5th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

I'm a 19 year old college student fromJacksonville Florida who has been following Mia from the beginning.
The horrific genocide in Darfur is beyond my imagination. I wanted to join Mia on this journey to end my personal arrogance. I have been on a water-only diet since last Monday. It's difficult and becoming more of a challenge as the days go by. The effect on my body is becoming more apparent...but my discomfort is temporary. The people of Darfur live like this every day and have no control over their next meal.
This is truely an eye-opening experiance.

Kayla Ciccotti   May 5th, 2009 4:34 pm ET

It is very encouraging to see that Mia and all the other supporters of Fast For Darfur really care for the cause. As a high school student, it is not rare to find people that do not know or care about the current situation in Darfur. I just want to thank each and everyone of you for your active support for Darfur, it is very encouraging for to me, and helps me not become discouraged in moving forward in student activism.

Becky   May 5th, 2009 4:34 pm ET

I, too, am fasting with Mia and others as a way of standing with the people of Darfur. Fasting makes me more mindful of the suffering of thousands of displaced persons-who must depend on others to speak for them in this genocide.

Karene Stapleton   May 5th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

I am one of the many people standing shoulder to shoulder in an attempt to focus world attention and the plight of Darfur. The Sudanese government showed itself to be criminal in its decision to oust world help organizations from its borders. Whether or not the public perception of the fast is positive or negative, I have added my voice to many others in hopes that our voices will sound as one chorus - no one should go hungry.

Dodie ~ Irvine, CA   May 5th, 2009 4:50 pm ET

Mia Farrow, with your connections…. My recommendations would be that you gather some friends together who work in the industry and make a documentary of the people in Darfur, Sudan. The impact of a documentary can be extremely powerful and you might be surprised at the positive results from people all over the world.

Seeing is believing!

Nancy C. in Bloomington, Indiana   May 5th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

Mia has become a source of hope and enthusiasm for so many of us who anguish over Darfur but feel totally helpless and sometimes hopeless. The Darfur Fast for Life has not only given me the opportunity to do something intensely personal but also given me the "excuse" and resolve to talk out to people about Darfur in a way I never have before. Everyone who reads this must contact their representatives in Congress and President Obama and speak out for peace and justice and the end to hunger in Darfur where unspeakable horrors occur every day. When will we listen?

Kim Amadril   May 5th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

My Gratitude to Mia Farrow. In solidarity I have joined the fast. I have eased into this fast, but I have had headaches and moments of the day of extreme hunger pains. My concentration is very poor.
My teenager, think I am really moody. My emotions are all over the map.

I am not A Mother In Darfur worrying are my children going to ,
be raped, or murdered, die of disease or starvation. Unimaginable terror to exist in a life and we do nothing,

~Kim Amadril.

MorningStar70   May 5th, 2009 5:19 pm ET

Sudanese identity is convoluted but the dominant political force is Islamicist. There is unlikely to be consensus on the floor of the UN because of this. China can change things but the plight of the Darfuris must be made known.

Makeda JA   May 5th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

It touched my Jamaican heart that Mia Farrow was fasting to highlight and share the suffering of Africans in Darfur. I could not let her carry the burden by herself, so I joined her on my last Sabbath. I hope this loud shout from a small woman brings some much-needed action.

Andrea in Bethlehem   May 5th, 2009 5:48 pm ET

Thank you Mia for leading the way back to a focus on Sudan. Daily we hear talk of the Supreme Court opening, twists and turns of the Wall Street plot, rosy or not so rosy estimates of housing starts, yet little of the human disaster unfolding in the Sudan. This time, we can step in before the mass starvation and deaths, before Sudan must again stand alongside Rwanda and Cambodia, with all of us wondering, 'Where were we?' The fast makes it easier to tell friends and family since they notice you're not eating and it makes it plain how important this situation is to you. Personally, it brings an immediate awareness of how the people there feel, day to day. We need a lot more of 'There but for the grace of God go I' and less of 'Our democracy will solve all your problems, here-catch!'

Luisa   May 5th, 2009 6:05 pm ET

I fasted for darfur and i wish i could do more, I know our lives are busier than ever and everybody is talking about how our economy is affecting us; well if we think we are going through hard times right now i cant even imagine what the people in darfur is going through, sometimes we shouldn't be so selfish and stop and think of others in need and not just think but do something about it!! hopefully more people will take a second of their busy lives and try to make a better world even if its far from your house...

Maureen Detrick   May 5th, 2009 6:09 pm ET

Thank You for having Mia on your show. I am on day 7 of eating refugee portions. Like so many others joining this cause, the mood swings and the headaches are just a little reminder...that I still have the option of finding food. Those suffering in Dafur do not. They are going to die.

It just is amazing the news coverage on the swine flu-...Why can't the world recognize what is happening Dafur with this kind of media intensity?!

Mia, thank you for your dedication to bring hope to our brothers and sisters in Dafur.

Lisa Goldner   May 5th, 2009 6:14 pm ET

I am fasting along with two of my teenage daughters who have been helping to bring attention to the genocide in Darfur since 2006. We will continue fasting three days each week throughout May in support of Mia's hunger strike and in solidarity with those Darfuris suffering in the refugee and IDP camps. Since January 2008, we've helped assist eleven Darfur refugees in their resettlement in our city. They've shared many stories of their continuous hunger and the malnutrition in the refugee camps. It is hard for them to adjust, here, knowing their relatives and fellow countrymen are still suffering in such inhumane conditions. We hope our fast will draw attention to the dire need for aid and for effective international actions to bring peace and justice to Darfur.

Trellis   May 5th, 2009 6:15 pm ET

Thanks for having Mia on your show again. Darfur is such an important issue. There are so many grave problems that we face today, yet it is essential not to forget that economic woes, car companies and banks failing aside, there are human lives at stake every second of every day around the world. We are fortunate to have shelter, clothing, food and so much luxury in comparison to the people of Darfur. I've never fasted in my life, but Mia inspired me to join her on-line community to raise awareness and action for Darfur, and I fasted on the first Monday, and yesterday, and will continue to fast each Monday with her for this worthwhile cause.

Johnny Turtle   May 5th, 2009 6:28 pm ET

I teach at a public city college that is brimming with immigrant students from Africa and other continents.

When one of my African immigrant students failed to properly enroll and dropped out, I inquired after the student to ask what the problem was.

The student was intelligent beyond her years. Her writing had a clarity and empathy that was immediately palatable to me. But there was an incredible sadness in her eyes.

The student soon began to tell me that she had lost contact with a relative in the Sudan and she described the worsening situation in Darfur. She said that Americans' experience of the recession paled in comparison to the life-and-death experiences overseas in the Sudan. She contended that the most people see of her home-country was the romanticized view made famous by Leni Riefenstahl's 1974 photography book called "The Last of the Nuba." The stress of her experiences made the student drop out of school to concentrate solely on working full-time.

Sure, I had heard about the problems of Darfur. But, I realized that if it were not for this student I would not be as deeply aware of the issues surrounding the conflict in such a personal and immediate way.

But what if one does not have such a student or friend in our lives? Who can make this horrible conflict palatable for us?

That's what the influence of a celebrity can do for this cause. Americans identify with entertainers in highly personal ways that make their actions inexplicably influential.

Often we malign television, film and radio entertainers or artists for taking public political stands because we are inured to the cult of frivolous narcissistic public display in our society.

But, sometimes, the political cause or charity is both so important and so ignored, that the cause needs the most visible public figures to draw attention to it.

Mia Farrow's participation in the Fast for Life project is much needed.

We in the states are suffering from a recession. But the people of Darfur, more than most of the people suffering from intractable conflicts across the globe, are on the brink of destruction because basic help in the form of aid workers and relief are barred from the country.

Ms. Farrow's work and the work of Gabriel Stauring at Stop Genocide Now and all of the sponsors of this project are using the tools of our entertainment-saturated culture for the greatest good possible.

Christina   May 5th, 2009 6:42 pm ET

Thank you for featuring Mia tonight. This media coverage is helping her fast to achieve the results we want.

I am a college student who has committed to fasting (water-only) one day a week with Mia. I was a little ambivalent about the fast at first, but I signed on and am glad I did. It is raising awareness with others (explaining to my friends why I'm not eating on Mondays), and it has also made me into a stronger activist, because although I make no pretense of knowing what it feels like to really not have enough food, it is powerful to feel the hunger pangs that occur after just one day of not eating and to know that people in Darfur, and all over the world (even in our own country) have to deal with that on a regular basis, and still go about their daily lives. This fast has renewed my commitment to ending injustices like this in the world.

Melanie Hodges   May 5th, 2009 6:50 pm ET

Melanie Hodges has her choice of warm or cold water for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Pullman resident hasn’t touched food for 100 hours in what she hopes will be a 21-day hunger strike to support the people of the Darfur region of Sudan.
“I’m going through this by choice. Those people have no choice,” said the 5-foot-1, 100-pound Hodges, who is particularly concerned about children. “A hunger strike does hurt. But what I’m feeling right now is only a little part of what they’re going through.

lynne godfrey (artist and business woman from canada)   May 5th, 2009 7:10 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I definitely am inspired by Mia's determination. What she is doing is not easy, I am sure. I fasted for only two days in support last week and I can't imagine almost 10 days. I am fasting again for two days to show my support. One person can change the world for the better. She could be apathetic. She doesn't have to do this. I admire her and hope her efforts bear fruit.

Najam Haq   May 5th, 2009 7:39 pm ET

I am joining Mia Farrow and others, for 5 days water only, and 30 days refugee rations, in support of the people of Darfur. There is so much senseless death and destruction surrounding us that I sometimes despair, feeling that all goodness has simply abandoned us completely. Here I see evidence that it still exists. It may not be in-charge this minute, but that can change. It is changing.

"You must be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

Nicole Bates   May 5th, 2009 8:04 pm ET

I have the opportunity to meet weekly with two families from Darfur that our now in the U.S. Only two..most are still trapped in camps, missing, or dead. I have heard their stories of first genocide survival, then hunger. I am mortified at the apathy the West has shown. I too, am "water-only" in this fast..only once a week. Thankyou for interviewing Mia Farrow, and reminding the world that we must, once again, decide which side of history we want to be on.

Howie   May 5th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

I hear the director of Damanga, Mohamed Yahya might be on tonight's show...does anybody know anything about this?

Nikki Serapio   May 5th, 2009 8:32 pm ET

Darfur Fast for Life is doing an amazing job promoting advocacy to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur. Six years into this crisis, we need something like this to restart our hearts and activist spirits. The truth is - there are millions of people in Darfur right now whose lives are at grave risk because of the Sudanese government's actions. This is suffering on a massive, massive scale.

Why aren't there more people like Mia and Pam Omidyar and Gabriel Stauring and Katie-Jay Scott - people of conscience who know that we need to wear our outrage for the whole world to see?

Irene Barrett   May 5th, 2009 8:49 pm ET

Dear Mia, you are our Mahatma Gandhi. You, like him, fast to end the violence. This is my day 7 on fast for Darfur with you. Yoga helps me go through another day on water only. I have appointments with my doctor throughout the fast and I will be just fine. I admire your courage and compassion, and I will stay on water together with you.
Bless your soul.

Rachel Lau   May 5th, 2009 8:51 pm ET

Why is no one helping the people of Darfur? I thought there was never going to be another genocide in the world – what happened to never again? We need to help the children, women and men of Darfur have the right to live their lives with peace, education, health care and food.

Cynthia G   May 5th, 2009 8:58 pm ET

I think about the children who are grieving over murdered loved ones, frightened, hungry, bored, hopeless, sick, and my heart breaks. It would be so easy to lose hope if there weren't people like Mia, Pam and Gabriel.

Gretchen Wallace   May 5th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Thank you so much for having Mia Farrow on your show. I am one of many who are fasting in solidarity with Mia and the people of Darfur. I have visited the Darfur refugee camps, where I heard the stories of some of the most courageous and resilient people I have ever met.

And so, while people in this country criticize whether a simple act of fasting can transform a crisis like Darfur, I say – if every person had the courage to fast for just ONE day to contemplate the millions that will starve in Darfur if aid is not restored, the global response to this crisis – the first genocide of the 21st century – would be swift and immediate. It is the greatest hypocrisy to think that fundamental human rights belong only to Americans. Those who live under a system that protects our freedom have the responsibility to stand up for the rights of those who have no voice, no choice and no opportunity to defend themselves.

Gabriel Stauring   May 5th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

I spent time with Mia at a refugee camp on the Chad-Darfur border. She is tireless in her work for Darfur. She is loved and respected by all in the camps. I was speaking with Mohamed Yahya today, a Darfuri living in the US, and he told me that he had just been on the phone with people inside of Darfur. They know Mia! Even in places far from where she visited, the word has spread about this amazing woman from America. They do not know about her celebrity; they just know that she is there with them.

I completely share Mia's sense of urgency about the current situation in Darfur. We have failed, again. Our leaders must feel the pressure from us. They do not believe that we care enough about lives on the other side of the world. We have to be loud and clear. We do not accept the destruction of an entire society.

Thank you, Mia. Thank you, Larry, for sharing with the world what is happening in Darfur.


Helen   May 5th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

What would it take for you to stop the hunger strike? We like you and want you to help the cause with your vitality and positive humanitarian efforts.

Giovanni Davide Biancaniello   May 5th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

I myself have been on a coffee/electrolyte diet, ending fast with a bit of chocolate. I knew not the reasons for my light food intake until I heard Mia Farrow on Larry King Live. Thank you for your help and support everyone, I never knew.

James   May 5th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

What is wrong with you people. I hate to seem heartless but, Why don't you starve yourself for your own countries problems. We have politicians robbing us blind. The job market tanked, There's a housing crisis, Wall street is royally sticking it to us and you want to starve yourself for Darfur! That makes about as much sense as all these celebrities adopting children from foreign countries. What's wrong with the children in the orphanages here. That is the problem with this country. We are always too busy worrying about other countries problems and not our own.

Gretchen Wallace   May 5th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Thank you so much for checking in with Mia and her Fast for Darfur. I urge you to ask Anderson Cooper and your other news programs to provide a news update on the crisis as well. Please continue to check in with her and this movement as we wait for the aid to be restored to the more than 1 million people who are starving in Darfur.

albert   May 5th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

she's a doll & very close to Sinatra family.

Karen Lonon-Jones   May 5th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Thank you, Mia and Larry. I am on this journey with Mia, fasting to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur. Tomorrow begins my second week in which I will starve for 24 hours then go back on a liquid diet of until next Wednesday. We Oregon activists have agreed to set aside Wednesday as our day for a water-only fast.

I have been asked, "How does starving yourself in America help the people in Darfur?" Well, it raises awareness. Like Mia told Larry last week, "If I weren't starving myself, you wouldn't have me on the show." It's a solidarity effort. It keeps the issue in the face of our politicians and those around the world who can do something about it. It also sends a message to the Sudanese, letting them know they're not alone. We in America are doing everything we can to push the issue.

Michael   May 5th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

the situation in Darfur is definitely terrible, but how is an actress going on a hunger strike, or anyone in the US going on a hunger strike going to help? the people in Washington know what is going on, they really do, and this may sound cruel ( I dont know why it would) but we have our own issues and problems that need dealt with here at home. we are fighting everyone elses battles, helping other countries, but not our own. our food banks cant keep up with the demand, and we want food to go across the world? What about the starving people here, people on the streets here. We need to fix this countries social and economic issues here first, before we try to be the saviour of the world.

Karen Lonon-Jones   May 5th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Thank you, Mia and Larry. I am on this journey with Mia, fasting to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur. Tomorrow begins my second week in which I will starve for 24 hours then go back on a liquid diet of until next Wednesday. We Oregon activists have agreed to set aside Wednesday as our day for a water-only fast.

I have been asked, "How does starving yourself in America help the people in Darfur?" Well, it raises awareness. Like Mia told Larry last week, "If I weren't starving myself, you wouldn't have me on the show." It's a solidarity effort. It keeps the issue in the face of our politicians and those around the world who can do something about it. It also sends a message to the Sudanese, letting them know they're not alone. We in America are doing everything we can to push the issue.


Debbie Livingston   May 5th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

I am doing the rations fast... it helps me experience the diet of the people of Darfur and inspires me to do more. I could not keep this up indefinitely, yet the people of Darfur are. When I explain to people why I am doing the rations fasting, it is also an educational moment for others. We let genocides go on over and over again. It is time to end all genocides!

Kathleen   May 5th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Mia, We stand with you. You and the people of Darfur are in my prayers. We hope that those who can make the hard, right decisions will step forth to help the people of Darfur. We pray that the American people can open their hearts and demand that something is done to end the suffering.

Mary Jane   May 5th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

It wasn't long ago I was listening to Immaculée Ilibagiza speak at a church in NYC about her experience surviving the genocide in Rwanda. It was hard to imagine that world of suffering, but striking as it was conveyed. Until I saw Mia Farrow on Larry King I thought that Nicholas Kristoff (NY TImes) was the only person of recognition screaming about the current attrocities in Darfur. He was the source. I simple gesture in a city far removed, I started to fast the moment I listened to Mia Farrow. From Tuesday to Friday only water, then a switch for one day to farina. The water fast reminded me that in order to think and think clearly, you need to provide your brain(and body) w/ fuel. It is unthinkable that entire lives are lived without the nourishment needed to function. I hope the attention focused on Mia's
fast – propels the situation in Darfur to the headlines. Best to her.

Susan Smylie   May 5th, 2009 11:24 pm ET

In response to those who want to know why "we" are not addressing problems in our own country, why we are worrying about people half-way around the world when there is so much need here: 1) what makes you think we are not doing those things, too? I have children adopted out of domestic foster care, I donate to my local food bank, I volunteer in my local community. Most activists are involved in more than one cause, and I bet many of us are doing more domestically than the average American and 2) Darfurians are as human as Americans. I really do not understand this belief that we should only care about the people within our borders. Where you are born is not in any way within your control. All major religions teach that we are all one–that we are the same. What difference does it make if someone is half-way around the world? Truly, what is the difference, I do not understand. and 3) There is no one in the US who is threatened with the kind of starvation many Darfuri people currently face. They will literally have NO FOOD. They already have inadequate food–and this is not a situation of their making–they were living in stable communities, growing their own food, living a life they loved until their own government decided to wage war against them and forced them in to camps. It is like blaming people living in Concentration Camps during WWII for their lack of food. It makes no sense. All they want is to be allowed to go back to their homes and live in peace. But, without restoration of aid, this cannot happen.

Russell Thompson. Dallas, TX   May 5th, 2009 11:59 pm ET

Many individuals in our society and government are afflicted by their inability to act upon convictions they value. Ms. Farrow has no such conflict in deciding to place the humanitarian catastophe of Darfur above her personal health and comfort. For that she earns my praise. Policy creators and enforcers worldwide must act to increase pressure, and bring resolution to the crisis they profess to condemn.

Greg Lawson   May 6th, 2009 1:07 am ET

I fasted with Mia for one day, water only, and will fast again. For me fasting is a form of prayer, a way to feel empathy, a show of solidarity, and a personal and local amplification of that ripple of hope begun by Mia, Gabriel, Katie-Jay, Pam, and others. I live in a very conservative town in northern California and have had to put up with all kinds of misconceptions and negativity about my activism for Darfur, but I've also found a connection that transcends faith and politics with every day people, and most importantly, with young people, who see this incredible wrong a world away as OUR responsibility. God bless you, Mia, and please, please, President Obama, keep your promise you made when I saw you in San Francisco two years ago, as you crossed the sidewalk in front of the ferry building. I shouted "Save Darfur!", and you stopped, turned in your tracks, looked me in the eye, and gave me a "thumbs up." I believed you. I voted for you, and I have invested my dreams for America in your ability to know right and wrong. Now is the time to act.

Danyale McCurdy   May 6th, 2009 1:50 am ET

I am appalled, APPALLED that you (Larry King) whom I have watched for all of my adult life (a decade now) spent FOUR minutes on Mia’s Darfur campaign and TWO minutes on the Carrie Prejean “topless” story. REALLY?!?! That is the hierarchy of importance? I also love how my innocuous comment about contacting the Whitehouse (with the link) was taken down. I am not sure why this was done, but I am deeply disappointed. Please contact the administration if you wish to see action on this issue (apparently, posting an easy link to do so is censored by CNN).

Jane from Italy   May 6th, 2009 4:47 am ET

After seeing Mia on your show last week, I was inspired to act for this cause, of which I knew very little....The fast for darfur initiative is growing, my coworkers will pledge a water only fast day together, my 6th grader son is encouraging collective participation in his school "rations only", and my first grader son has pledged to a "snack-fast" with his classmates. Please keep your viewers informed of the dire situation in Darfur, of the wonderful work of Mia and many others, and of the very real possibility of effecting change by participating in this solidarity is powerful, prayerful, and so so needed....
Consider pledging a day (or more) with your family or friends or coworkers or spiritual community or....
Today I am fasting "long-distance" with my sister in N.C. in solidarity with the mothers of these children..

Richard Arnold   May 6th, 2009 4:52 am ET

How wonderful that so many have stepped up along with Mia so that the plight of the people in Darfur is noticed. Their plight fulfills the scripture at Ecc 8:9 "...during the time that man has dominated man to his injury". What is happening is yet another reason why no human government on earth ultimately has the answer to solve mankind's problems. How much we need God's Kingdom that we pray for in the Lord's or "Our Father Prayer". Then truly, "His Kingdom will come, his will will be done on earth as it is in heaven." and the problems in Darfur and all across the globe will be a thing of the past forever!

gita delrieux   May 6th, 2009 5:44 am ET

are you aware that we,the tamils in sri lanka,are experiencing a holocaust and are beeing exterminated as we speak.without us there would be no bollywood or temple architecture.we are beeing wiped out.will you go on a hunger stike for us too.nobody is aware that we exist

MorningStar70   May 6th, 2009 8:02 am ET

The options facing President Obama in Darfur are limited but I believe he has generated sufficient goodwill amongst Muslim communities worldwide (and domestically) to positively influence key decision-makers.

From the point of view of Sudanese IDPs worldwide and the Darfuris themselves, the ICJ indictment has not been good news. Ultimately, restoring aid is President Bashir's responsibility.

Michael   May 6th, 2009 9:08 am ET

I understand that people in Darfur are humans like you and I, and that the religions teach we are all One, I understand. yes people, here in this country are not dying of hunger on a daily basis, but, we, as a collective nation, need to step up, and take control of our country. We need people to realize that we have to clean our house, before we can clean others. It seems for the most part, people dont think about that, they see all this stuff that happens around the world, and everyone thinks we need to help them, but they dont do anything here, for the most part. Our economy is in the tank, our jobs are going away, our healthcare is getting to expensive for people to afford, the drug war is taking lives, the needless Afghan war is taking lives, but yet....... nothing.

Sunil   May 6th, 2009 10:09 am ET

As Gandhi said.....
First they laugh at you,then they ignore you,then they fight you,then you win
I think right now we are in the ignored state.But for sure Mia will win.
They say that we are better educated than our parents' generation. What they mean is that we go to school longer. They are not the same thing.We are blessed,yet as an individual we fail to help others.
Please stand for Mia...God bless you Mia

Nia   May 6th, 2009 10:14 am ET

I am on my third day of a water-only fast in support of Mia Farrow making noise and bringing awareness to the tragedy in Darfur. It's ok if people think it's crazy...people thought some of the greatest men and women in the world were crazy. I have nothing to say about doubters and naysayers because it is normal to think that someone doing something extraordinarily abnormal is not in their right minds. I'll argue that this is the very fabric of what makes a person "extraordinary". Mia Farrow is extraordinary for getting me out of my selfish daze and focused on people who are literally dying from hunger, genocide and disease. Despite the "economic downturn", I am fortunate enough to have a roof over my head and food on the table (just as the majority of us have). I am not blind to the hunger and homelessness in the U.S., especially here in Atlanta, Georgia. This fast has prompted me to do my part on both fronts. We can help others as we help ourselves.

Thanks Mia and thanks Larry King for bringing attention to her plight. It is the very reason we are doing this.


Melanie Hodges   May 6th, 2009 12:03 pm ET


Rasheedah   May 6th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

My feelings are hurt by the suffering of the people in Darfur and in other parts of Africa where because of politics the common people are forced to become pawns who are exploited, suffer and die needlessly. This is a horrendous situation that cries out for immediate attention. That said, I am grateful for Ms. Farrow who raised her tiny voice to call attention this this horrible situation. I feel that she/we are victorious in calling attention to this situation and I am prayerful that we will receive widespread support towards ending the suffering and needless death in that country. As for me, I am in in the process of completing my eighth day of fasting. Although my body is significantly weakened, my spirits are strong. I feel more in tuned with how it feels to feel hunger and nothing is coming to relieve it. I thought about how I took careful pride in breast feeding my son and of how a nursing mother would feel to be in a position of not being able to nourish and feed her own body and to watch as her milk dries up and her own body withers and there is nothing that she can do. I have also gotten to the point that I no longer feel hunger but I no longer feel thirst. I am grateful that I can force the issue, but if I were there I can feel what the probable outcome would be if there were no intervention. Our President and our Congress cannot afford to sit and ponder this issue. Direct intervention is called for.

Diane Gandee Sorbi   May 6th, 2009 10:18 pm ET

I have so much respect for what Mia is doing, and I appreciate that you have had her on your show. I never understood the point of fasting but I decided to try a fast last year organized by Stop Genocide Now. I only chose to go 24 hours, and it was eye-opening. The hungrier I got, the more I began to wonder what it must feel like to live this way every day, and not have the option to enjoy a wonderful meal in just a few hours. It made me more determined to do what I can to help. Since joining this fast, I've only gone one day a week on water only, and it isn't pleasant, but unlike the people of Darfur, I have a choice. To those who have commented that this country has its own problems, sure we do, but even during these times, ours is a country of great abundance, and most of us don't fear for our lives everyday. The people of Darfur can't say the same.

Martin Szczesniak   May 6th, 2009 11:51 pm ET

We are still hunted by the memories of the Jews murdered in the concentration camps. Some are still being accused of not helping them.

Are we helping those mass murdered today?
Are our leaders helping them?


MorningStar70   May 8th, 2009 4:04 am ET

Here's what the UN Under-Secretary-General John Holmes had to say at the 2007 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Event:

"Until a political agreement is reached, the humanitarian effort is merely a band-aid for a horrible infection.”

This sums up the horrible awful plight of the Darfuris, who are now caught between the so-called "eternal" Presidency* of Kim Il-sung's Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and General David Petraeus' two-week deadline to save Pakistan from itself.

* Source: Preamble to the Socialist Constitution of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (1972)

MorningStar70   May 8th, 2009 4:05 am ET

The Event Title: Humanitarian Challenges: Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic

Ng Tat Keong   May 8th, 2009 11:35 am ET

I really missed the good old days when CEOs are CEOs and conmen are conmen. Nowadays, you can't really tell...

Dave   May 8th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

It was an honor for me to participate in the fast for Darfur Fast for Life. It made me that much more sympathetic for the people in refugee camps throughout the world. This is just the first step though. I have also communicated with the President of the United Nations, the President of the United States, as well as my Senators and Representative. It is embarrassing how the government of Sudan has been flaunting their disrespect for international law.

I encourage everyone to take action on this important humanitarian issue!

Mayda   May 12th, 2009 9:02 pm ET

If the governments of the world don't care, the people will have to rise and demand justice for we'll all perish in this catastrophy. It is a poignant example of sensitivity to the human race that is beign lived by Mia Farrow and I support her and all those who are crying for help.

Hamisi Dale   May 14th, 2009 6:55 pm ET

Nehla Nambouh, is a fourteen years old with one of the most imaginative minds of our time. Whether you are a child or a parent, don't miss reading from Nehla's new release, "ADVICE TO CHILDREN FROM A CHILD." The title of the book speaks for itself. Many children will change after reading this book.
Once you pick up Nehla Nambouh's book, you can't put it down. It is infectious!
If you are a parent and you want your child to be a pride to you and to the world, pick up Nehla's book. You will be an instant fan!
She intends to use part of the proceeds from this book to help the disadvantage and suffering children in places like Darfur, Iraq, Cameroon and St.Jude children's hospital.
God bless you all!
Hamisi Dale

ESTEBAN POSADA DUQUE   May 14th, 2009 7:33 pm ET

Dear Ms. Farrow:

My self has become an OFICIAL HOLLYWOOD´S INDUSTRY moviegoer... where you...and other fellow actors belong ....I respectfully invite your foundation or advice give a "little help from you... friends" my beloved rainforest the colombian pacific coast....and their people ....your efforts & help....will be forever appreciated.
Come and visit us..... at Nuquí, Chocó wont regret it....and liveone of the most beautiful & exciting experiences : whale watch.



rod   May 14th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

dear larry why do they give money to auto industry when they are going overseas while us auto workers have been laid off and who knows when we will work again

Eleke   May 17th, 2009 5:45 am ET

Dear Cnn,
I come from a place in west Africa Nigeria a place that God has blessed us very well with Natural gas and oil but the Goverment are makeing things very hard for the people and some live under a $ a day
i am not among these that belive to kill our selve is the way to solve the problem but as i write am in tears for me and my people,we feel so all alone,but i know our voice will be strong and i know our future will be bright.
agip oil ,shell ,b.p ,e.c.t
when the peole want to talk they are been killed why cant these learders be brought to justice by the so u.n

Engr Thomas Yusuf. Bin-Nafi   June 17th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

I have a well researched Permanent solution to the Middle East problem ( Israeli Palestinian). This solution can not start publicly. It has to start on some need to know bases before going public.How do I start? My feeling is that it should start with you Larry King.

Engr Thomas Yusuf. Bin-Nafi   June 17th, 2009 1:55 pm ET

I have a Well Researched Permanent Solution to the Middle East (Israeli-Palestinian) problem.
This Solution can not start publicly, It has to start on some need to know bases.
It is a great idea that has not been considered before by any power that be.
Given a political fine-tuning and finishing touches , it will be the best thing that has ever happened in that area.
So, Where do I start? I feel I can I want to start with you Larry King.

NO MORE GENOCIDE IN RWANDA   June 30th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

i love you show.
iwas born in Rwanda and we had a terrible genocide back in 1994,and the same guy still in charge.can you invite the rwandese president on your show and ak him how he planning for 2010 elections?manny rwandese the very concern about this guy,if he stay in power they my couse a lot of ploblems.he is accused of the start of the genocide and he want to run again?plaise have him explain some of his involment in ex-president.plaise bring him on cnn.thanks

Elizabeth Krech   July 3rd, 2009 10:10 pm ET


---Original Message---


Date: 07/01/2009 9:26:12 AM



Supreme Court now has Obama Citizenship

> AP- WASHINGTON D.C. – In a move certain to fuel the debate over
> qualifications for the presidency, the group Americans for Freedom of
> Information has Released copies of President Obama's college
> from Occidental College Released today, the transcript indicates that
> Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a
> foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate at the school.
> The transcript was released by Occidental College in compliance with a
> court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of
> California. The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for
> financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from
> Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To qualify, for
> the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship. This
> document would seem to provide the smoking gun that many of Obama's
> detractors have been seeking.
> Along with the evidence that he was first born in Kenya and there is
> no record of him ever applying for US citizenship, this is
> looking pretty grim. The news has created a firestorm at the White
> House as the release casts increasing doubt about Obama's legitimacy
> qualification to serve as president. When reached for comment in
> where he has been in meetings with British Prime Minister Gordon
> Obama smiled but refused comment on the issue.
> Britain 's Daily Mail also carried the story in a front-page article
titled, Obama
> Eligibility Questioned leading some to speculate that the story may
> overshadow economic issues on Obama's first official visit to the
> In a related matter, under growing pressure from several groups,
> Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed
> on Tuesday to hear arguments concerning Obama's legal eligibility to
> serve as President in a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey .
> This lawsuit claims Obama's dual citizenship disqualified him from
> serving as president. Donofrio's case is just one of 18 suits brought
> citizens demanding proof of Obama's citizenship or qualification to
> serve as president.
> Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation has released
> the results of their investigation of Obama's campaign spending.
> This study estimates that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000
> in campaign funds in the past year with eleven law firms in 12 states

> for legal resources to block disclosure of any of his personal
>records. Mr. Kreep indicated that the investigation is still ongoing
> but that the final report will be provided to the U.S. Attorney
> Eric Holder. Mr. Holder has refused to comment on the matter.

Juliet   July 8th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

Amazing how MJ impacted our world. My Tribute to him

Memories of Michael’s
Around the world, gathered many of Michaels’ fans.
They all came together to hold each other’s hands.
To celebrate the life of this wonderful kid,
Who broke down the barriers in whatever he did.

His life was one of fame but also laced with pain.
He tried to give the world what he himself failed to gain.
Joy, peace, and love were his ultimate goal untold.
He amassed a lot of wealth and gave away much of his gold.

Mike was the fan of Hispanics, Orientals, Blacks and Whites.
He always did what the kid in him thought was right.
He loved the world and the unfortunate ones.
He gave his all to bring cheer to everyone.

Long live Michael the entertainer, the unparalleled King of Pop.
His songs and his message cause many heads to swing and bop.
As you listen to his music, the rhythm rocked your body and soul.
You could not leave his presence without a message that made you whole.

It transcended times, cultures, and lifted every race.
When you left his sphere of influence, you saw his smiling face.
He had his share of problems and pain we could not embrace,
But in the midst of this darkness, you saw purity in his face.

His premature death will go down in history.
As you listen to his songs, they will tell his story.
Too soon, you cry, too soon for this man to die,
But let us not forget his message or his heart’s deepest cry.

If you fail to get his message, just step back and walk in his shoes.
Let the fragrance of his rhythm rock your world with his various moves.
Let there be peace and love, let us make the world a better place.
Let us join hands and work together to heal the human race.
Written by Juliet Wilson WEST PALM BACH FLORIDA

Kathleen A.Holland   July 13th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

I wonder how many people are truly addicted to script drugs......Everyone acts like it is such a huge deal.........I know plenty of dR.'S who give patients whatever they want....It is not about $$$.....I have had my share of pain and also addiction.....Dr.'s don't care.....I am a single mother of 3......I was in a very tragic accident in 05/ I am fighting every single day for my sanity....Could Michael have been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder??????? He was hurt so bad.....I Ioved him with all my heart....His children are so ~~~~~Leave the kids alone..............The dr' is a scam artist.....That is how i feel.

Ben   July 16th, 2009 4:24 am ET


I would like to share this article sent to me by my Sister from the Philippines regarding Michael Jackson's 1996 visit. He really cared and did so much for the Children and the less fortunate all over the World, the best way he could - even when there were no cameras around him. He had such a big, beautiful heart and a magnanimous spirit. Those who didn't know the real Michael Jackson, tormented him to no end. He suffered so much - physically, mentally, emotionally .... :"(( Even before all the TRUTH came out, we (the fans) always knew for sure that a wicked man would never - in a million years, be able to write beautiful songs and lyrics that can only come from a beautiful heart and soul... Although Michael and his music will be missed, I hope and pray that he has finally found PEACE, BLISS and LOVE, wherever he may be.

Thank you so much!

Philippine Star

Manila Hotel's former PR officer Gwen Cariño writes about her close encounter with hotel guest Michael Jackson in December 1996.

MANILA, Philippines – When I was a PR officer at Manila Hotel, I was assigned to head the annual Orphan’s Christmas Party where 300 children from different orphanages around Metro Manila were treated to a day of fun and surprises. It was one of the biggest projects on my plate and it was such a challenge to focus on work the day before the big event, knowing Michael Jackson was billeted in the hotel.

Two nights before, I had been fortunate to be part of his welcome line at the hotel lobby together with the rest of the PR and sales staff but was content enough to see him walk by.

The day before, a guy claiming to be Michael Jackson’s aide from Mamarao Productions came to the office. I couldn’t recall his name but he looked for the “person in charge” and said his boss had read the announcement about the event in the Dear Guest flyers we had circulated to all the rooms a week before. Michael wanted to know how he could help. His aide went up to the Penthouse and down to the PR office several times after we gave our suggestions.

Michael offered to fill up the 300 loot bags with goodies and toys, candies and chocolates. But after getting close to 50 sponsors, it was actually a problem for us to dispose of everything. So I thought hard…how can the King of Pop meaningfully join the affair? I couldn’t possibly have him be with the kids in the palayok game or the pabitin as he might end up being mobbed!

And since the annual event was really all about giving, I mustered all my courage and told the Mamarao guy that the best thing I could think of was for Michael to literally be present to help distribute the loot bags, sign autographs and pose with the children for photos. “Wow, that may not be easy. You’re talking about handing goodie bags to 300 children and I can just imagine the chaos. We’ll see, Ms. Jacinto. I’ll get back to you,” he said.

Lunch break came and it was the most hurried one I ever took in my entire life. It wasn’t until after 5 p.m. that Michael‘s aide came back and said, “Michael is more than happy to do whatever you suggest. How do we go about it tomorrow?”
I wanted to scream. I had to calm myself and regain composure as the Lizzie Maguire in me said, “Get real, get back into focus.”

We agreed that Michael would join after the games, musical program and snacks, and at the last part to give out the loot bags. My colleague Annette Africano and boss Dulce Agnir requested for additional security around the garden and the stage area as this was where we decided to distribute the gifts. We made sure the children would form an orderly line.

Then the moment arrived. It was at the Champagne Gardens on Dec. 7, 1996. I was surprised to see him walking towards us, guided by his aide. Michael came up to me as I had to brief him.

“Hi, how are you? Thanks so much for letting me in, I know I’m early ’coz I didn’t want to miss the program.” I said, “Are you kidding? Thanks so much for volunteering! Here’s what Michael, why don’t you just sit here and watch the musical numbers before we get into the gift giving. I will have to tweak the program a bit.” He replied, “Sure, anything you say… (pausing to look at my name tag) Gwen!” I was stunned at how incredibly sweet and modest he was. And in my mind it was, “Oh my God, this is really happening!”

Amazing how he patiently sat through the whole program. Carol Banawa, then an Ang TV mainstay couldn’t believe MJ was watching her perform. She had her red blouse signed by him right after her number. Then followed Stefano Mori’s dance number. Later, his back up singers and dancers came up on stage followed by select kids from different orphanages who danced to the beat of Billie Jean. Oh, the smile on Michael’s face was just amazing.

Then we announced that Michael will be distributing gifts onstage. I explained to him that there’s a loot bag for the younger kids and another for the older ones and he nodded. The thrill and excitement he gave those children was incredibly touching. It was in between the gift bag distribution that I caught a glimpse of MJ, not as a performer but as a person.

It was one in the afternoon. Santa Claus (David Endriga, a friend of fellow PR officer Francis Capistrano) was with us. The heat was
scourging and I was worried that Michael felt so hot with his black long-sleeved signature attire and hat.

“Are you alright Michael? We can let you take a break,” I asked. He said, “I’m cool Gwen. Just imagine how Santa feels inside his
velvet suit and beard. We’ll be fine.” I never heard him complain or say a word about how hot it was or how long the line was. He had the most beautiful manners. He didn’t even ask for a drink or a towel to wipe his sweat but one of our banquet staff made sure he got a glass of fresh orange juice.

An hour passed and we were halfway through gift-giving when we noticed that the garden was getting filled up. Suddenly, there were people from media, politicians, officials and hotel guests including those in a wedding reception at the nearby Champagne Room who deserted the newly-weds just to get a glimpse of the King of Pop. “Oh oh, this isn’t supposed to be, I’m so sorry,” I said. It’s all
right, we’ll get through it,” Michael said smiling. As we finished giving out the last loot bag to an 11-year-old orphan, a new line of more kids and adults formed. Michael’s bodyguard, Wayne, said. “We can leave now.”

Michael replied calmly, “We can’t leave when there are still people in line. It’s Christmas, dude.”
I felt my heart beat faster and the hair on my arms and the back of my neck stood up. He wasn’t just the most electrifying performer, but the most generous person.

One of the most memorable moments was when a lady came up to him for an autograph. Laughing and holding his tummy, he said
“Hey Gwen, you’ve gotta check this out. He whispered, “It’s a blank check. The lady is making me sign on a blank check.”

We laughed hard and little did we know that it wasn’t even half of the comedy. He later showed me and Wayne other stuff people would use or pick up on the ground when they couldn’t find paper for him to sign on. One lady made him sign at the back of her elegant, designer Filipiniana gown. One teenager came up to him holding a dead leaf and another one, a popped balloon. Imagine how our laughter ballooned as well.

It was an amazing, genuine experience. At one point he asked if I was going to catch his History concert and I said “tomorrow night.”
“Oh, you’ll have a blast!” Michael told me. At this point he became concerned about the stage as adults outnumbered the kids. His face had nervousness written all over it but he still didn’t complain. He tapped the wooden floor with his foot several times making sure it was sturdy enough not to fall apart.

“I’ve experienced the stage collapse and I just want to make sure we’re all safe here,” he explained. Half of me wanted the line to finish because we were literally melting and worried about our safety, but half of me didn’t, knowing that once the line ended, Michael will leave.

At some point it did end. I managed to get an autograph for my sisters and me before our general manager, Clem Pablo, requested him to sing Give Love on Christmas Day. Cesar Sarino, one of the hotel’s officials, addressed his thank you note to the King of Pop. Then I saw his guards and aides whisking Michael off stage. I said in my mind, “Oh man, I didn’t even have the chance to say goodbye.” Suddenly, I saw Michael return on stage and say, “Thanks so much to you and your team, Gwen. This really means a lot.” Then he held me beside him and said, “I’ll see you at the concert.”

As Michael Jackson is laid to rest and returned to pristine condition in the afterlife, these two incredible acts of the King of Pop — volunteering for charity and unselfishly spending time with the less fortunate, will forever be the way I will remember this man.

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Jack Overmyer   July 22nd, 2009 12:58 am ET

We all need to realize the fact that if we can get rid of these giant medical insurance companies and have a universal health care system paid for with our tax dollars and ran by our government, we will save BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars that we would have to pay out in insurance costs. Most of the un-insured Americans out there cannot and never will be able to pay for large medical bills, and so the cost of this will be absorbed by the rest of us anyway. Lets get rid of these medical insurance companies that are responsable for a GIANT portion of our current medical costs and have a government run system that uses all the money taken in to actually PAY for medical costs instead of gennerating it for corporate profits. And while we are at it, lets do whatever we have to do to make America the world leader in manufacturing we once were so we all have jobs that will gennerate the money needed to pay for this.

Frank J Dioguardi   August 6th, 2009 8:20 am ET

The Obama loving BIG commercial lobbyists again are hitting the small farmer.
The latest is the “SAFE FOOD ACT” This BILL IS REALLY designed to eliminate the Mom and Pop farms that started this country 400 years ago. FACT….The only farms to poison the American people with Spinach or Peanuts or anything else has been the large Commercial Farms.
If they really wanted to help America like these Politicians and Lobbyists say, they should eliminate any farm less than 1500 acres from this bill. But you will never see that…The OBAMA LOVED lobbyists, who have the administration in their pocket, would not allow the “TRUE” reason for the bill to be amended.
Are YOU LARRY going to help the small Farmer or what??

Frank J Dioguardi   August 6th, 2009 9:27 am ET

Hey Jack,
You like this bill so much? Did you read the part one of Obamas Zares made about babies under two years old are not viable so they can be killed along with the up to 7 month old baby in the womb...It's alright. .Right Jack?
What about if your over 59 years old. Why not get counseling..instead of health care, counseling will tell you why you should just get a pain pill and save the health care for ploiticians and young people.....why want to be pesky and get older...right Jack??

Lets get rid of those babies and pesky people over 59 years old... you remember the movie...SOYLENT GREEN?
Tell that naive, "For want of a better word" Jack Overhishead about the movie.
Get the insurance companies to Lower cost Jack...get rid of the health bill instead of Babies and old people. get your head on straight Jack.

sasha   January 1st, 2010 2:22 am ET

Why is the American media not mentioning that this Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab is also a British citizen?. Why is the American media not mentioning that this guy was traveling with a British P A S S P O R T?. why is the American media not mentioning that the only P A S S P O R T this guy has is a British P A S S P O R T?. Or does it just sound better for the American media to label him a Nigerian national instead of a British citizen . Why is the American media hiding so many information away from the public....The Truth Is Always Bitter

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