Members Of Congress To Fast For Darfur

** FILE ** In this Nov. 2, 2007 file photo, actress and activist Mia Farrow attends the artist-led volunteer committee "Act for Darfur" in London. Lark Previn, a daughter of actress Mia Farrow whose sister Soon-Yi Previn was at the center of Farrow's messy breakup with Woody Allen, has died. She was 35. The medical examiner's office says Lark Previn died Christmas Day at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. No cause of death was given. A cremation was held Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery. Lark Previn was born in Vietnam in 1973. She was one of three children adopted by Farrow and her then-husband, conductor Andre Previn.
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Inspired by actress Mia Farrow, members of Congress announced Tuesday that they were beginning a limited hunger strike to show solidarity with the people in Sudan's Darfur region and demand President Barack Obama's help in ending the suffering there.

"Among President Obama's priorities, Darfur has to take its place," Farrow, 64, told reporters on the Capitol campus, just after following her doctor's orders and ending her own 12-day hunger strike.

More than a dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus appeared alongside her to announce that they, too, were taking up the "Fast for Life" campaign - going a few days at a time consuming only water - through Congress' adjournment in August.

Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., chairman of the House subcommittee on Africa, said he had fasted last week for three days and said the group has requested a meeting with Obama.

Farrow's hunger strike, which inspired a similar protest by Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson, began after the Sudanese government expelled international aid agencies from the country earlier this year.

The war in Darfur began in early 2003 when rebel groups rose up against the government, complaining of discrimination and neglect. U.N. officials say up to 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million have fled their homes.