Florin Barbu is a Romanian man who commenced a hunger strike in France in front of the European Court of Human Rights because the English CPS has confiscated his Romanian-citizen children and given them into foster care and upcoming adoption to a homosexual couple. He has not seen his children in over a year, and after representing himself in court, he lost his appeal so far.
He is desperate right now, and in the absence of funds to hire a law firm to fight on his behalf, a hunger strike seems like his only option. He has previously said he willing to die for this cause.
This is a very serious issue because he is determined to follow through.
Delight in Truth is asking the following question, and hopefully our commentators can help answer it:
HOW EFFECTIVE IS A HUNGER STRIKE AT ACHIEVING IT’S SCOPE?
Historically, hunger strikes have had some success because they attract public attention to a cause, but their success is dependent on how well they are publicized and how well the campaign on their behalf is coordinated.
Florin Barbu has approximately 21 days to achieve his scope of getting media and government attention to pressure the CPS in London to return his children.
Why 21 days?
In the first 2-3 days of fasting, the body uses glycogen stores in the liver for energy. In the following 3 weeks or so the body undergoes ketosis which consumes the fat stores in order to survive. After that period a dangerous phase begins where muscle, bone and organs break down to feed the brain and heart. The subject can become very weak and will have to be stationary at the site of protest unless others will transport and care for him. Cold weather will have an absolutely devastating effect and lead to early death in the strike.
Florin Barbu does not have the kind of time that the Bodnariu family has in publicizing their case. It took a few months for the Bodnariu case to hit mainstream media despite large-scale protests.
Mr Barbu has 21 days. We are hopeful that the Romanian government will come to his aid very, very soon. As the strike progresses the media must pick it up and publicize it, or else the story will make the news when it will be too late.
photo: Florin Barbu Facebook