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Mia Farrow ends fast for Darfur; Richard Branson to take over

On the 12th day of her fast to draw attention to the people of war-torn Darfur,

Mia Farrow

had to stop under doctor's orders.

The 64-year-old actress and humanitairan had written on her blog that the last two days had become unbearable. "I'm struggling," she wrote, warning that she wouldn't be able to continue much longer.

A spokesman said her health had deteriorated in the past few days and her doctor asked that she end the liquids-only diet she began 12 days ago to protest the expulsion of more than a dozen aid agencies from Darfur.

Her doctors had expected that the slightly built actress would not be able to fast more than three weeks.

Farrow asked British billionaire

Richard Branson

to take over the protest. He accepted and began a three-day hunger strike on Friday, the founder of the Virgin Group announced on his own blog.

"We cannot stand and watch as 1 million people suffer," Branson wrote. "We all need to stand up and demand that international aid is restored and that the people of Darfur are protected and given the chance to live in peace."

Farrow, appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the U.N. children's agency UNICEF in 2000, has campaigned for years to raise funds for children in conflict zones such as Darfur.

On her blog she wrote that her doctor had instructed her to "stop my fast immediately due to health concerns – including possible seizures. I am fortunate. The women, children, and men I am fasting for do not have that option."

She's been posting her video diary on Youtube.com during her hunger strike. See here what she had to say on Day 10.

| Posted by Lisa Gutierrez, The Star


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