This September, Paul Barrett of Rochester Kent will be walking from Budapest to Vienna. Paul, following a popular route taken by asylum seekers, is hoping to raise awareness and money for Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN).
Paul was moved to walk the 274 km route after he saw first hand the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe whilst on holiday in Budapest. Paul recalls one of the biggest impressions from his visit being, ‘the sights and smells of hundreds and hundreds just sitting and waiting in the heat. People who were escaping war- people who had risked everything’. Many of these individuals were not allowed to make the journey into Austria by train and instead had to walk the great distance on foot.
Paul begins his fundraising initiatives in April but when he sets off, a year after his holiday, he understands his, ‘experience will not be in any way like that of a refugee’ but instead explains, ‘this is my tiny show of solidarity for those fleeing war, and perhaps a way of raising awareness in some small way for such an immense, huge problem’.
You can follow his journey here