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This is a news story covered in BBC. I have tried hard to find the link, If any of you have the Video link to this story kindly do share it with us.
How did I know this? Thanks to Dhanya a Podcaster in Google podcast in the name of Dhanumozhi, she makes inspiring podcast, and this is one of them.
Sebastian a 6 year old kid from Venezuela had walked 1500 miles in 6 months, let’s see why? and what happened?
Jessika Loaiza, her husband was killed by locals, she became a widow at the age of 22. Soon she got married to Javier, and found work as a florist in Bagota capital of Columbia.
Corona pandemic, lockdown impacted a large scale of people. Jessika was one of them who lost her job, and soon she was on the street. She decided to go back to Venezuela, by walk, due to complete lockdown; there was no transport facilities.
Sebastian, her 6 year old son, her new partner Javier, and Jessika, with her pregnant belly decided to walk to Venezuela to her own home, where she can live rent free and survive.
Sebastian, cheerfully walked with his mom, excited, all he knew was one thing they are escaping from something bad and going somewhere for a better life.
They slept on street, bushes, and hid from police patrols, they walked and used their money in hand for lift and reached Columbia, it was never easy, they struggled for food, in sun, in rain, in cold weather they faced everything, hoping for a better life ahead.
When they reached Columbia, their hope shattered when they have no home, but more poverty, they found nothing but more people struggling for food, being stuck between two place with no home, she thought going back to Bagota is the only option for survival at least she will have a job over there when things get back to normal, her 6 year old little Sebastian became the man of Family advised his mom to leave from that place as there was no food, he knew very well, the little kid Sebastian was very clear that there was only more hunger on that place.
Jessika decided to leave back to Bagota, Jessika was 8 and a half month pregnant, on her way back, Jessika water broke, she gave birth to a healthy son but lean due to lack of food. It was a Cesarean, she had stitches which halted her journey, in 3 days she decided to remove the stitches and continue her walk back, it was such a bold and risky move, Sebastian was one of the reason who cheerfully lead her mom with his enthusiastic behavior.
Nothing could stop Sebastian he was skinny, tanned, and his slippers almost worn, with his heavy bag on his shoulders, but his spirit always stayed up, and nothing stopped this little kids cheerful spirit.
Columbia reopened, things were going back to normal. Jessika reached Bagota, she got her job back as florist, she happily informed her son, that in a day, they’ll get a home and they had to spend just one more homeless night, and they don’t have to walk anymore.
Sebastian, walked 6 months with his mom, slept on streets begged for food, had gone through a hardship that we never dream of, replied his mom that when they get a new home, he requested to take off the roof, as his new roof cannot make him sleep like the sky and stars that made him sleep during last 6 months. That touched me.
Corona had impacted so many lives, people have lost their loved ones, some people took off their life because of depression, business people died in shock as they couldnt able to bear their business loss, in fear people have did crazy things around the world, here we have a 6 year old kid who walked 6 months, 1500 miles, he was broke, he was homeless, his shoulders carried a big large back pack that hardly stayed on his shoulders with few strings, his slippers were worn off, and yet his skinny body cheered up his mom through out the journey.
That spirit of this Little kid, who had gone through all the hardships during last 6 months with a smile, that spirit is missing among people like us. This kid will go greater heights. Every war is worth fighting for, every hardships we go through is worth as we will grow through it if we face it with a smile and with a spirit like Sebastian from Venezuela.
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