A 3,000 MILE CHALLENGE
In 2020, Toby Storie-Pugh, Aline Mugisho, Simone Bazos and Boston Ndoole will set out to walk the complete length of the Congo River, from its source in northeastern Zambia to its triumphal exit into the Atlantic Ocean—a world-first.
Crossing through swamps, savannahs, jungles and conflict zones, the team will traverse over 3,000 miles of tough terrain, where they will be challenged by soaring temperatures, severe humidity, life-threatening wildlife and deadly diseases.
An expedition like no other, Walk The Congo will tell a story of human courage, suffering and opportunity. Viewers will see inside one of the most challenging locations on our planet, witness the struggles and tensions that arise as the team strives to make history—and be inspired by the stories of the Congolese women and girls they meet along the way.
ONE INCREDIBLE SOCIAL MISSION
The deadliest conflict since World War II. The “rape capital” of the world. The most dangerous place on earth to be a woman.
These three themes have shaped the Congolese narrative for decades. Since war erupted in 1998, over 5.4 million people have died and hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped.
Yet there is far more to the Democratic Republic of Congo than bloodshed and sexual violence; there is also unparalleled courage, resilience, and strength. Nowhere is this more evident than in the stories of Congolese women and girls.
Walk The Congo aims to organize a global community supporting Congolese peace and development; and help shift the narrative from death and despair, to strength and solutions.
“I Felt A Personal Responsibility To Step Up And Take Action By Accompanying This Team On Their Incredible Journey”
CONGO ACTIVIST AND WALK THE CONGO TEAM MEMBER
AMPLIFYING THE VOICES OF THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF CONGO
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UN WOMEN
The Walk The Congo expedition is undertaken in partnership with UN Women: the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
UN Women is an entity working tirelessly to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women around the world. They strive to eliminate the discrimination faced by women and girls through providing them with a powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels.