German film maker to walk from Paris to Berlin for refugee children

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-29 13:12:14|Editor: Li Xia
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BERLIN, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- A German film maker started a 1,400-km walk from Paris to Berlin on Saturday to call on lawmakers to give homes to unaccompanied children at refugee camps in Europe.

Grig Richters, who summarized his purpose as "to raise awareness about their situations and to get the EU leaders to listen and to give these children the home they deserve," started his walk at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday morning. According to his plan, he will arrive at his destination, Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on Dec. 1.

"We need to show the world that we care about one another, and that we do not tolerate hate and what better way to show this than to march in peace between two of Europe's historical capitals?" he said.

On his website, Richters also called on people to march with him and sign a petition, which urges the European Union to rehome those unaccompanied children in refugee camps.

"I am already in touch with dozens of foster families who would give these children a home but the legal framework won't let them. If we all stand together and raise awareness about their situations then we can make a real change," Richters said in the petition.

During his walk, Richters will march through France, Belgium and Germany, meeting supporters in 27 cities.