Mia Farrow recently went to Chad with David Rubenstein of the Save Darfur Coalition to visit survivors of the Darfur genocide at refugee camps in the region. Said David of the trip:
In the Gaga camp, we met refugees who had just arrived after a ten-day walk from Darfur and were too shocked to speak in anything other than three- or four-word sentences.
At the Habile camp, we met the village chief of Louboutigue whose 300-person community was still waiting for grain rations eight days after their homes were burned and their food supply looted.
In the Goz Beida hospital, we met three men whose eyes were gouged out simply for being on their own land – land that someone else wanted.
In the Djabal camp, we met a woman who showed us a terrible wound on her back, caused by a bullet that had first killed the daughter she had been carrying as she tried to escape an attack by the Janjaweed.
And yet all the people we met believed that the world community would end the violence and allow them to recover their lives and return to their homes.
We met real people struggling to get through each day, grinding grain, and taking care of children. The children wanted to meet us and play with us. The adults had smiles for us. Most of all, they wanted us to tell the world that they were waiting to go home.
We must not let them down.
Actress Mia Farrow is also very well known for her humanitarian work with UNICEF. In the video below she says, “We were so afraid in 2004 that this would happen […] And here I am, standing in the middle of the nightmare.”