8-year-old Niece of former PM Tony Blair to join the Peacecycle
The journalist's Lauren Booth's daughter, Alexandra Frances, who is only eight, will cycle across the Middle East in October and will witness first hand the Conflict.
Her uncle, Tony Blair, is not commenting on his niece's extraordinary trip at all, which to many of us, and myself at Now Public, think it's an interesting and worthy story.
In her book, Alexandra's aunt, Cherie Booth says, when she visited Gaza that as a result of constant shelling "the proportion of premature babies is high and many babies are damaged at birth. It was all very upsetting, particularly when I thought of the facilities I had just seen only a few miles away".
I hope the young Alexandra will write a diary of her experiences at the refugee camps in Jordan, because her experience will be unique and will show other children in this country what it really like.
When you hear of kids hanging round street corners or vandalising, it is great to hear about young people who are doing something positive instead.
"The niece of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is to brave checkpoints, soldiers and blistering sun to cycle across the Middle East from October 9.
Eight-year-old Alexandra Darby will be joined by her mother Lauren Booth and 15 other cyclists riding from Amman, Jordan, all the way to Jerusalem.
Her uncle Tony Blair, now Middle East Envoy for the Quartet, has so far made no comment on the planned trip.
Alexandra’s journey will be more than a brief sojourn in a comfortable Jerusalem hotel.
She will witness first-hand the devastating fallout of a 61-year conflict.
The Peace Envoy’s niece has taken 2 weeks off school to stay with families on unrecognised land whose homes are regularly threatened with demolition by the Israeli military.
She will visit refugee camps in Jordan, home to Palestinians forced from their land in 1948.
The group of cyclists will track the path of the eight-metre-high Separation Barrier as it snakes through the West Bank.
The fourteen-day cycle will take Alexandra through an historical and tragic landscape, finishing in Jerusalem, the epicentre of centuries-old conflicts".