UK Zimbabweans walked 105km from Brighton Pier to Kempton Park, London, to raise money for charity. The protest Walk – – was organised by Zimbabwe Human Rights Organisation (ZHRO) to raise awareness of the human rights crisis in Zimbabwe.
After months of preparations, themere 7 Zimbabwean's who took up this physical challenge met up at Brighton Pier at 06:00am on Friday (10th of August 2018).
It started to rain heavily after an hour into the walk as the protest Walkers pounded the streets of Brighton. Not deterred, the determined protesters continued, with conviction, in their long "Walk for Freedom".
This extreme challenge required dedication, commitment, and desire to highlight the Human Rights situation back home. ZHRO has been instrumental in providing a platform for Zimbabwean Activists to challenge the Zimbabwean authorities on Human Rghts abuses and for a right to vote.
Completing the walk in a record 25 hours were Rashiwe Bayisayi - a feat she did last year too! .
See photo log on ZHRO Flickr album - Click to view in new window.
At Guildford [70km from the Brighton start] we were me by some "fresh-legs" to help Rashiwe complete the final satge.
Whilst the Zimbabwean Government cracks down on the opposition and activists, the diaspora is able to freely protest against the injustices in Zimbabwe and campaign for human rights from their host nation.
The 105km walk was a real challenge, but the trek cut through some of the most exhilarating countryside. The protesters encouraged and reminded each other that the purpose of enduring such pain is to represent the struggle in Zimbabwe. So part of the 'messsage' was the symbolism of suffering.
The weary walkers arrived in a single file at Christ's Hospital [on the Downs Link], at the 40km mark at around 16:00hrs. . A few Walkers had to pull out at this stage due to injury or exhaustion. They were ferried to a base organised by Chipo in Horley [near Gatwick].
The first stage walkers arrived at Guildford Rail Station around midnight - and departed for tyhe night walk next to the river and onto Kempton Park Race Course.
The concept founder, route finder and trek leader, Rashiwe Bayisayi finished. With the hardest part of the journey by the Wey Navigation River Banks at night and into the early hours of Saturday morning. The girls were presented with special completion medals.