Mia Farrow: Actress Talks Child Poverty, Republican Leadership Race and Occupy Wall Street

December 22nd, 2011

Huffington Post Canada
By Joshua Ostroff
Dec. 22, 2011

Mia Farrow may have made her name as a fashion model and award-winning actress, but she left that life behind long ago, eschewing celebrity comforts to travel the world’s trouble spots as a children’s rights activist. Since having her eyes opened by the Rwandan genocide, Farrow has been everywhere from the refugee camps of Congo and Darfur to famine-stricken Somalia and earthquake-ravaged Haiti, fighting to protect kids from famine, pestilence and war.

Backstage after speaking at last month’s We Day event in Waterloo — a travelling youth rally staged by Craig and Marc Kielburger’s Free the Children organization — Farrow spoke to Huffington Post Canada about Somalia’s road of death, the Republican candidates (“they’re definitely not presidential, that’s for sure”), the connection between Occupy and Arab Spring and why she’s so willing to put herself in harm’s way.

Q: I heard a freak November snow storm in Connecticut left you without electricity for a week and a half.

A: It’s the harbinger of things; this is the new weather.

Q: The famine in Africa is part of that, right?

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