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Refugee's barefoot walk to London

Emmanuel Neba Fuh
Emmanuel Neba Fuh will meet the Prime Minister at the end of his walk

A refugee who wants to end poverty in Africa has started walking barefoot from Derby to Downing Street in London.

Emmanuel Neba Fuh, 34, from Cameroon, came to Derby in 2003 and studied at the city's university.

His walk, which coincides with an international week for refugees, will cover about 125 miles (201 km) and take him about 16 days.

He is due to meet the prime minister at the end of his journey on 2 July. Some rest period has been accounted for.

The walk is part of a project called "Derby for Africa Initiative" which aims to promote good governance and human rights.

Mr Neba Fuh said he wanted to raise awareness of the living conditions in his country.

"Young people walk to school without shoes, they cover long distances to fetch for water and this is just a reality of what is happening in Africa - they have no other choice", he said.

He has also vowed to walk across Africa barefoot in 2009.

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