“I felt he gave me a sense of stepping up and assuming responsibility beyond my own family as a citizen.
I stopped thinking only of my own lifeboat.” Of both men she says, “I think the bigger question is what did they find in me?
At nine she had been a polio victim herself, and she described in detail the isolation and fear she felt then in her best-selling 1997 memoir, Her second African trip, with Ronan to Angola, Mia says, “was altogether different.” They met a man who told them he had had a belt like the one Ronan was wearing, but he ate it. N., on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, warning that the same thing that had happened in Rwanda was unfolding in Darfur.
She considered the trip “life-changing,” and she began to read voraciously about Africa, especially the massacre in Rwanda, she says, and quickly became disgusted with Pope John Paul II: “It is a Catholic country, and yet the Pope had done nothing to end [the killings]. —if he had taken over the radio airwaves, he could have said, ‘Lay down your machetes.’ ” She pauses and adds, “He is getting canonized.”What really goaded Mia was a 2004 op-ed by Samantha Power, currently the U. Mia began blogging on her Web site, posting videos, and taking photographs to document the horrors she witnessed.
“She came all dressed in leather, looking gorgeous, and they both fell for her.
She had affairs with both.”“I couldn’t speak Czech, and he could barely speak English,” says Mia of Havel, who gave her all his books to read.
Today, at 68, Mia Farrow is far removed from that media circus.
I’m her ear when she gets back.” Another neighbor, the novelist Philip Roth, says, “Mia has a conscience as big as the Ritz.Holbrooke Award for Social Justice from the Blue Card organization, which aids needy Holocaust survivors. “She had done more travel to the region than any I know,” she said.