5 young activists continue their hunger strike outside the White House
Five young climate activists are on their seventh day of a hunger
strike outside the White House, to demand government action on climate
to match the severity of the crisis.
Kidus Girma, 26, a climate activist and organizer, is one of the five.
He told CNN a doctor who has been monitoring the strikers sent him to
the emergency room Saturday, for nausea, dizziness and blurred vision.
Girma said physicians monitored him overnight, then he returned to the strike. He and his fellow strikers, who have been protesting in
Lafayette Square since October 20, are now using wheelchairs to keep
"I'm seven days into the hunger strike and my body hurts, my stomach
honestly feels vacuous, my body feels vacuous, and I have a headache
that won't go away," Girma told CNN. "We're at the point where our
muscles are being eaten up by our bodies."
In the first three days, the body is still using energy from glucose.
After that, the liver starts processing body fat, in a process called ketosis. After depleting fat, the body "mines" the muscles and vital
organs for energy, and loss of bone marrow becomes life-threatening.
There are examples of hunger strikers dying after 46 to 73 days of
strike, for example the 1981 Irish hunger strike.
"These poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white
kids," commented Biden
We still have a month to go before we can haul away their bodies and
get on with things.
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