By Farah Adan
A team of volunteers from North Eastern Kenya who trekked the length of the region have this morning arrived in Mandera town, their final destination.
The 1000km trek dubbed ‘#WalkofHope’ started from Tana Bridge in Garissa town on June 13 and was organized by activists from the region led by renowned author Salah Abdi Sheikh and football coach Noordin Bedel Tube among others.
The team is currently at Mandera Baraza Park to address area residents before heading to their final destination and finishing point – border point one, in Mandera.
They have all along been preaching peaceful co-existence as well as creating awareness in all the areas the Walkofhope caravan snaked through.
Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow said that their action has inspired many residents of ‘our great counties’ and will encourage them to live united as a society, in dignity and confidence in spite of the many historical & present challenges they face.
“Life is a journey and we can only succeed in that journey if we exercise patience & continue with the struggle whatever the obstacles. I trust that we shall overcome our present challenges and NE Kenya will rise out of these difficulties stronger in sha Allah” said the Senator in a post on his Facebook page.
“As leaders, we are encouraged by your actions and will be energized to address these challenges to our utmost abilities, with the support of the residents, in sha Allah” he added.
Senator Kerrow congratulated the team and sent his apologies as he will not be around to welcome them in Mandera.
“Much as I would have liked to share in today’s reception ceremony with the team, am indisposed and couldn’t join you! Mabrouk!” he said.
Local residents turned up in large numbers to welcome the team in a style that has now become the trade mark of the county which has so far stolen the show in as far as receiving the #Walkofhope team is concerned.
North Eastern Professionals Association and Friends of the Walkofhope were also at hand to receive the walkers.
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