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This year we walked a second time through Berlin for Patrick Okorafor and his release from prison in Nigeria.
Never Give Up! That's our motto, and that's why we decided to walk again for Patrick who is still being held in prison in Nigeria. We were pleased to welcome Patrick's brother Henry who also came with us last year.
At our starting point on Stuttgarter Platz, everyone met to register at Café Dollinger in brilliant sunshine. We animated passers-by and café guests to join us in signing cards of support for Patrick and for his mum, which we then posted at Amtsgericht Charlottenburg after starting the walk.
This year's walkers included not only members of Amnesty groups, but also numerous friends, some of whom mobilised an impressive number of generous sponsors. Just take a look at the Amnesty in Bewegung barometer, which many people used to pay in sponsorship money. Others have transferred their contributions directly to the ai1312 group account. No matter how modest the contribution may be - everything counts in the long walk for human rights. Thank you!
The youngest walkers, David and Paul, shone as tin-rattlers and distributers of Human Rights Knots en route. One of our associated group members, Dexter Sumner from Washington D.C., flew in to Berlin for the walk and accompanied us with his video camera. You can watch his zestful film on YouTube, which shows how well a walk can include everyone, and how pursuing a serious objective together can be fun.
Everyone was happy to be welcomed at our great new finishing point, Brachvogel in Kreuzberg. There we received our certificates, sat beneath the shady trees in the garden beside the Landwehrkanal, chatting, eating and generally refreshing ourselves. We're certainly looking forward to next year's walk. It's a big one! It's the Tenth Ten Mile Walk. What's more, July 2011 marks Amnesty International's 50th anniversary.
Come and join us in 2011 on this wonderful walk through the heart of Berlin - walking together for human rights.