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Jakarta Post

Jean Beliveau and his long walk to promote peace

  • Kurniawan Hari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 2 2009   /  01:11 pm

People in Panama call him Forrest Gump, the character of the 1994 movie with the same title, and Argentinians have dubbed him loco, the Spanish word for crazy. However, around the world, the Canadian citizen who is traveling around the globe on foot is known as Jean B*liveau. His journey began on Aug. 18, 2000. On that day, he left his wife Luce and two children in Montreal, Canada, to head towards the United States, then down to South America. After crossing countries in North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia, he arrived in Jakarta on Friday. Then on Saturday, he departed from Hotel Indonesia traffic circle to continue his journey to the east. He estimated he would finish his walk across Indonesia (from Merak in Java, Bali, and Lombok to East Nusa Tenggara) within two-and-a-half months. After Indonesia, he will go to East Timor and Australia before flying ...