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The marathon for the freedom of the Saharawi

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2013 Tutu Fellow Catherine Constantinides headed out for the 2019 Sahara Marathon, which took place on the 26th February in the Sahara Desert. The South African Earth Warrior and social justice activist is running a marathon that's a shorter than the path facing the Saharawi people to freedom. 
 
The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event hosted in the Sahara Desert every year. The aim of the marathon was designed to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people, first initiated in 2001, and organised by the Secretary of State for Sport, under the auspices of the Government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and with the help of volunteers from all over the world. 
 
Catherine serves on the Saharawi Human Rights Council and has been travelling back and forth to the refugee camps as a humanitarian for the past five years. She participated in this particular event to raise awareness and honour the Saharawi freedom fighters and victims of landmines in the region. She has been actively engaged in highlighting causes across the continent linked to climate change and human rights for more than a decade, her work as a former Miss Earth South Africa has seen her work passionately in the waste, water, and food security space as she leads educational and community development projects to further the movement towards the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Her work through her organisation Generation Earth has gained much momentum across South Africa and the world over the past eight years.
 
Funds raised through the marathon assist in financially supporting and developing humanitarian programmes. More so to use the power and strength of sport and its unifying power to raise awareness and sensitize the world about the plight and struggle of the forgotten people of Africa; the Saharawi people of Western Sahara. 
 
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