Friday, March 2, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
Three of The Current
Hunger Strikes: The return of the silent protest - UN Human Rights
Mahatma Gandhi often wielded his greatest power when he was weak from hunger. Bobby Sands never knew how successful he was. The IRA prisoner died after nearly ten weeks of fasting in 1981.
The name Orlando Tamayo may not be as well known. The Cuban dissident died after more than 80 days of a hunger strike to protest prison conditions. A hunger strike can draw the world's attention. Or it can literally be -- a waste. Nevertheless, for desperate people, the hunger strike is a viable option -- and the number of desperate people appears to be growing.
Last week, a Palestinian man protesting what he believed to be an arbitrary arrest by Israel, took food for the first time in 66 days. Khader Adnan ended his hunger strike when Israel agreed to release him next month.
Hunger Strikes: The return of the silent protest - Hunger-Striking Activist
Protesters in the small island kingdom of Bahrain began demanding democratic reform this past spring. What Abdulhadi Alkhawaja got was a knock on his door in the middle of the night and was placed under arrest.
The prominent human rights activist is now serving a life sentence in prison. He began a hunger strike February 9th. His daughter, Zainab Alkhawaja joined us from Manama, Bahrain.
Hunger Strikes: The return of the silent protest
Our next guest has written extensively about hunger and hunger strikes in her book Hunger: An Unnatural History. Sharman Russell is a professor at Western New Mexico University. She was in Silver City, New Mexico.
This segment was produced The Current's Pacinthe Mattar.
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Last Word - Gender and Kids
Today's last word goes to The Current's Shannon Higgins. She's producing a story for Monday's show on some of the most ignored and vulnerable children in Canada.
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