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- Walk of Causes – Episode 1
- Walk of Causes – Episode 2
- Walk of Causes – Episode 3
- Walk of Causes – Episode 4
- Walk of Causes – Lebanon – Episode 5
- Walk of Causes – Lebanon – Episode 6
- Walk of Causes – Lebanon – Episode 7
- Walk of Causes – Lebanon – Episode 8
- Walk of Causes – Lebanon – Episode 9
How do you prepare yourself for the longest march of your life?
Matias called Jørgen in the morning for the last checkup, “How did you manage to put all the stuff in your rucksack? There is too much camera gear!” We had to leave the tent behind, and we forgot to bring a map. We weren’t really prepared.
Getting from Beirut to Machta Hammoud, our starting point, was piece of cake. Three bus rides and we were there. The goal was to make it to El Qbaiyat before dark, but the rucksacks that felt so light when we tried them on at home, turned into led when we hit the road. After one hour we had to stop for a beer. That’s when we met Elias. He served us whiskey, and gave us a warm bed to sleep in. The next morning, with no proper map, no GPS and no compass, we embarked on a quest through the fog into the deep forrest.
The first episode of Walk of Causes is dedicated to Peace and Health. It’s sponsored by the Norwegian UNIFIL veteran Stein Nilsen. Half of the money donated by him will go to Lebanese Red Cross to continue the work they do on improving the general health situation in the country. The other half went to cover production expenses, so this episode could reach you.
For the freedom of press.
Lost in a thick forest in the mountains of Lebanon, we ran out of water. It was getting late, and we didn’t bring any artificial light with us. So, guided by the moonlight, we were looking for a dry place to put our head. We had put in eight hours of walking that day, probably in circles, and we were deadly tired. We could sleep anywhere.
One of the problems we expected to meet on our way was communication with the local people. We don’t speak arabic, and are pretty novice when it comes to body language. Despite that, we had conversations for hours, joked and made friends. We made friends everywhere.
This episode is dedicated to the freedom of press. According to Reporters Without Borders, 66 journalists have been killed in 2011, and 173 are in jail for telling the truth.
For all the refugees
After having spent a whole day trying to pronounce Arabic, we understood that we probably had to find another way to communicate with the local people. A big smile on your face can usually bring you quite far, (though it didn’t take us to Tacheaa), and body language can be pretty universal. Apparenty, Jørgen believes that he can translate from Arabic to English by reading face expressions! And sometimes that’s all you need to make a new FaceBook friend from the mountains of Lebanon.
Due to the many conflicts around the world, millions of people have had to leave their homes. Many of these have found their way to Lebanon, which is the home to more than half a million refugees.
We could not find any sponsors for this episode, so we could not give Lina any money, but we support the work she does for the kids in the Burj el Barajneh, one of the palestinian refugee camps in Beirut. She runs a project called Kahhaha that aims to improve the living conditions and quality of life of the children living in the camp.
See her blog if you would like to read more about her work.
For all the worried mothers
From having been lost in the lebanese mountains to have learnt the local body language, we started to feel real comfortable walking across this country. And when you are traveling by foot, you constantly find yourself in the situation where you have to trust strangers. This is usually part of the beauty when you travel like this, but sometimes it can go wrong…
This day, Jørgen’s mother sent a message saying that she was worried about her son, and wanted us to walk for all the mothers that worry about their children around the world. She had no idea that we would run into trouble that very day.
For all the nomads – supported by Neo Galleri.
When you travel by foot, you sometimes have to trust the people you meet. Lebanon is no exception. This is usually part of the beauty when you travel like this, but sometimes it can go wrong… In the previous episode of Walk of Causes, we almost got our money and credit card stolen. But we were lucky this time. We got our stuff back, and ended our uncomfortable situation with a handshake.
In this episode of Walk of Causes, we get lost in the mountains again, and meet a man that we have no choice but to trust.
Today it’s estimated to be around 30-40 million nomads left in the world. In Lebanon there are between 100-150.000 Bedouins. Most of these live in the Bekaa valley, and earn their living from helping the farmers with the crop. Since they usually don’t have any papers, they also fall out of the health care system. This episode of Walk of Causes is dedicated to them, and is supported by Neo Galleri in Stavanger, Norway. Half of the money she donated went to finish the production of this web series. The other half goes to The Bedouin Health Project that works to improve reproductive and child health care in Lebanon’s Bedouin community.
Against Land Mines – Supported by Ferd
In our attempt of being true adventureres we believe that we cannot rest for too long, so after having spent the night with Nasser the Shepheard and his family we hit the road again.
We have now reached the magestic Qadisha valley, that carves its way through the mountains in the North of Lebanon. We passed popular attractions, such as the Cedars, Ehden and the village of Bcharre. But we had to keep our minds clear and not let ourselves being taken away by this beauty, as we were reaching soil infested with land mines.
There are more than 300.000 land mines left in the lebanese soil since the civil war. In addition to this, Israel dropped more than four million cluster bombs of “leftover” ammunition over Lebanon in 2006, leaving up to 49 percent bombs unexploded for children and farmers to discover in the future.
Norwegian Peoples Aid is one of many organizations that works to prevent this from happening by clearing the land from mines and bombs. This episode of Walk of Causes is dedicated to the work they do, and is supported by Ferd.