By the third day, blisters were beginning to form on his feet. But Benjamin Ladraa continued his trip. He would keep walking for another 11 months.

In August 2017, the 25-year-old Swedish activist embarked on a 3,000-mile solo journey through 13 countries to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinians. Beginning in Gothenburg, Sweden, Ladraa carried a Palestinian flag and walked through Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

It took him more than 300 days to complete the journey, landing him features in such international news outlets as Al Jazeera and The National. Over the course of the 11 months, Ladraa spoke on local radio stations and national television, met ambassadors, gave presentations, visited Palestinian refugee camps and shared stories.

Sometimes, Ladraa would go the whole day — from the moment he woke up to the moment he fell asleep in his sleeping bag — without talking to a single person. Some days, he even talked to himself. But to him, it was all worth it.

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