According to the organizers' website, which features information in 12 languages, including Arabic and Russian, they deliberately plan to travel the so-called "refugee route" taken by the Syrian refugees as they arrive in Western Europe, "just in the opposite direction."
What's the purpose of the action? The group's manifesto is vague, saying that activists want to end the fighting in the city of Aleppo, and that they "will not tolerate the siege of Aleppo anymore."
Saying that the activists can't "sit in front of our laptops and do nothing" any longer, the Frequently Asked Questions section of the pacifist group's website notes that they don't actually have a solution to the war, but hope that the UN and other international institutions "that can stop the massacre of Syrian civilians hear us before we stand on the border."
The group's website emphasizes that they don't represent "any specific political parties or organizations," and is composed of "random, average people." The protest action's organizer is photographer and journalist Anna Alboth.
Speaking to journalists on Monday shortly before the start of the march, Alboth explained that the group is walking "for Aleppo and other besieged cities," and that they "want to put the attention of the whole world on the situation that is happening." The activist believes that if the group receives enough attention, more attention can then be focused on the situation in Syria.
Ultimately, the group says that its main purpose is to save civilian lives, in the same way that "the refugees had come [to Europe] to save their lives."
According to a recent poll conducted for Sputnik, nearly half of Germans believe that Europe's migrant crisis has changed the situation in their country 'for the worse' in 2016. In light of this, Sputnik Germany suggested that the logical question that arises now is: will some of Germany's million plus refugees take after the pacifists and follow them back home to Syria?