Man recreates Syrian Refugee journey across Middle East and Balkans

Goran started his peculiar journey a month ago…

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Jordan – Did you know that 4 km/h is the average waking speed of a human being? Goran Blažević walks up to 40 kilometers a day, traveling through foreign countries and not knowing if he is going to find a roof over his head for the night. Why would someone leave his beautiful hometown of Umag, Croatia to do this? Raising awareness for refugees.

“I have worked up to 14 hours a day just to be able to afford this journey of mine. I have no sponsors because no one found me interesting enough, just the company Brolex from Buje which bought me a jacked I could not afford by myself.”

At the beginning of October, Goran traveled to Jordan where his walking journey began. His goal is to walk through Jordan, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, and enter Croatia, where he will be heading up north all the way to Umag. Symbolically and literally, he is coming home.

The road back home / Photo: Goran Blažević

“I am doing this for everyone who is far away from home and who might never return to it. For one and a half million Syrians who have found their shelter in Jordan, for two and a half up to four million Syrian refugees in Turkey. 60.000 of them on the Greek-Macedonian border, 800.000 of them who have passed through Croatia before the Balkan route was shut. I will walk for the Palestinians and Iraqis who are already forgotten. For the Muslims who have been presented as barbarians in the media in the past fifteen years. For their hospitality which I will, hopefully, prove.”

Goran relies on hospitality and help. So far, so good. He is almost daily updating his Facebook page on both Croatian and English, posting videos and photos of his experiences.

What do you think, will he make it?

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