Sunday 22 July 2018

Kennedy widow on 'hunger strike' over separated immigrants

Ethel Kennedy, widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Ethel Kennedy, widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Sherna Noah

The 90-year-old widow of Robert F Kennedy plans to take part in a fast to protest the separation of immigrant families.

'The Boston Globe' says Ethel Kennedy plans to join several dozen members of the family and other activists, who each plan to fast for 24 hours and make a donation in place of the food they would have eaten.

The Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organisation is holding what it calls a "hunger strike and prayer chain" over a 24-day period to honour an estimated 2,400 children separated from parents because of President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy for immigrants who enter the US illegally at the Mexican border. Kerry Kennedy, who heads the group, says her mother is "very joyful" about participating in the protest.

Irish Independent

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