On Thursday 5th July students from year 7, 8,and 9 at St George’s College in Southampton took part in a Share the Journey walk around the school playing fields. There were 4 stations in the playing fields that each group of students walked to and where they could rest in the shade and hear about the plight of refugees.
One station focused on refugees stories and the students heard about David from South Sudan who had to flee his village because of the violence which left many of his friends dead. He fled to Uganda and is now in Bidi Bidi Refugee camp where he is training people in agriculture. Another station focused on the Lampedusa cross which was made out of the wood of boats carrying refugees across the Mediterranean . An Italian carpenter called Francisco makes the crosses out of the wreckage of these refugee boats to highlight the plight of refugees and to give them hope.
Ruth Cunio, Chaplain at St George’s Catholic College, said: “The response from the students was really positive. We all picked up a stone at the first station as a symbol of everything refugees, migrants and people on the move must carry with them. So many students said they would keep their stone to remind them of the journeys refugees must face. The experience even gave one student, who was himself a refugee and had travelled a long way, the platform to share his experience and be supported by his fellow classmates.”
Many thanks to the students and staff for supporting the Share the Journey campaign and walking an amazing 400 miles!!