On September 20, Romeo Cox arrived at Trafalgar Sq. in London having made the two,800km journey from Palermo, Italy, on foot, by bike and boat. The 10-year-old English boy, who moved to Sicily together with his household a couple of years in the past, made the epic journey to go to his grandmother in addition to increase consciousness in regards to the plight of refugees.
Talking in an interview with the BBC, Cox stated, “In quarantine I got here up with this concept to go to my granny, however in secret by not utilizing vehicles, planes.” Coronavirus lockdown restrictions prevented Cox from flying, so he selected to do the journey on foot after his father, a journalist and documentary maker, agreed to accompany him.
Father and son set off from Italy in late June, starting by taking a crusing boat from Sicily to Naples. They cycled for a short interval, after which started their lengthy trek which concerned waking up at 4.30 every morning. The pair walked round 20km a day utilizing components of the Through Francigena, an historical pilgrimage route connecting Canterbury to Rome. At evening, they camped or requested for lodging in hostels and convents. “We might sleep in the midst of nowhere beneath the celebs and timber and people have been some actually good occasions,” Cox continues within the interview.
The journey was not all plain crusing, together with a difficult donkey who was carrying their luggage. “On the third day and the fourth day … we have been eight hours straight each day making an attempt to drag it, however we did not wish to damage it,” Cox recounts within the interview. In addition they needed to dodge aggressive wild canine in an space of warehouses round Naples and wild boars within the countryside.
Cox reached his vacation spot final Sunday and is now in quarantine for 14 days earlier than he can lastly hug his granny. On arrival into Trafalgar Sq., Cox and his father have been greeted and applauded by individuals who had been following the pair’s journey on social media.
For Cox, the journey additionally has a message past his personal journey. In documenting the journey on social media, father and son needed to spotlight the journeys that many refugees are pressured to make. “I used to be passing over the cliffs making an attempt to get to our hostel in Calais and we met this Sudanese boy making an attempt to cross from Calais to his household and brother within the UK and he wasn’t allowed,” Cox tells the BBC. “I felt it was unfair for me to satisfy my household and he to not.”
On their Facebook page, Romeo’s Large Journey House, Cox and his father are inviting individuals to donate to the charity Refugee Education Across Conflicts Trust (REACT), run by Cox’s mom. “We’re making an attempt to lift funds additionally for many who helped me in Sicily, Palermo, like this boy Randolph from Ghana. I did not know a phrase of Italian, he confirmed me round,” says Cox within the interview. “I simply wish to give again to them and assist them with the digital training, we’re making an attempt to lift funds for that.” Cox has already raised over £11,000 to purchase tablets and WiFi connection for refugees and deprived kids within the native space.
Cox has simply over per week now to attend earlier than his reunion together with his grandmother, who has already despatched him a letter and a few desserts to assist the times move.