(Reuters) - Hollywood actress Mia Farrow and fellow activists begun an Olympic-style torch relay on August 9 through countries that have suffered genocide to press China to help end abuses in its ally Sudan’s Darfur region.
Here are some details about Farrow and her mission:
— Mia Farrow, born in February 1945, is the daughter of actress, Maureen O’Sullivan and director John Farrow.
— In recent years Farrow has been most visible for humanitarian work. She served as a goodwill ambassador to the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF and has visited Darfur. She has 15 children, 11 of them adopted.
— Farrow is known for her film roles in “Rosemary’s Baby” and several films for director Woody Allen including “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo”. More recently she appeared in a 2006 remake of “The Omen”.
— Farrow was once married to Frank Sinatra and to conductor Andre Previn and was Woody Allen’s longtime companion.
— The Olympic Dream for Darfur Campaign, spearheaded by Farrow, will stage an Olympic torch relay through historic genocide sites. They will try to include Darfur. It will also go to Kigali in Rwanda, Yerevan in Armenia, Sarajevo in Bosnia, Berlin in Germany, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and finally in December to Hong Kong.
— The goal of the New York-based movement is to get Beijing, Sudan’s main oil customer and arms supplier, to make the Khartoum government not block the deployment of a new United Nations and African Union peacekeeping force. The Torch Relay is to galvanize people around the world to exert pressure on China to continue to use its influence to protect civilians.
— On July 31, China did join in the U.N. Security Council vote which authorized for an initial period of 12 months up to 19,555 military personnel and 6,432 international police. It will absorb the 7,000 African Union troops currently in Darfur.
— The campaign also says China must press publicly for Khartoum to keep its multiple commitments to disarm the Janjaweed militias and suspend all weapons transfers to Sudan.
— The group will also team up with the umbrella Save Darfur Coalition in a parallel torch relay across the United States.