WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) – Theova Milfort, 48, entered into his sixth day of a hunger strike in front of the White House on Tuesday. The South Florida man says he can’t sleep, won’t eat, until U.S. President Barack Obama makes visits Haiti.
Milfort is from Hollywood, Florida. He believes a “presidential” visit by President Obama would boost the country’s profile, encouraging tourists to visit the island’s historic sites.
Milfort claims he’s consumed nothing but water. He spoke with the New Times which noted that “he still sounds pretty upbeat over the phone”. The Haitian man said “I’m strong… I don’t know where I get my energy from. Only God knows.”
The paper says that Milfort has barely slept since he arrived in Washington on Monday. The permit that allows him to demonstrate outside of the White House says he can’t sleep there, so he’s stayed awake all day and all night. On Wednesday night, however, a downpour forced him to leave. He headed to a nearby 24-hour CVS, where employees offered him a chair to sit on.
“For some reason, they knew why I was [at the White House], and I’m really grateful to them,” he says. He slept sitting up for two hours, and then went back outside.
It isn’t Milfort’s first time taking a dramatic stand. Back in January 2013, he held a hunger strike while camped in a tent outside North Miami City Hall for nine days to call attention to the fact that money raised for reconstruction efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti had gone missing.
Then, in December 2013, he climbed to the top of a billboard over I-95 in Hallandale Beach to raise awareness about the plight of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic and was arrested for trespassing and disorderly conduct. Read more.