In this photo taken on Friday, April 24, 2020, Rosie Watson and Mike Elm visit the medieval fortress in Prizren, Kosovo. British climate activists Rosie Watson and Mike Elm were on an international bicycle and running tour to promote their campaign when they got stuck in Kosovo because of the coronavirus pandemic. Watson, 25, from Loweswater in northwestern England, and Mike Elm, 32, from Edinburgh, Scotland, have been stranded in Prizren, a town in Kosovo, 85 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the capital Pristina. Since mid-March, Kosovo has been in a lockdown with all of its land and air border crossings shut. The virus has killed at least 22 people and there are more than 780 confirmed cases

In this photo taken on Friday, April 24, 2020, Rosie Watson and Mike Elm visit the medieval fortress in Prizren, Kosovo. British climate activists Rosie Watson and Mike Elm were on an international bicycle and running tour to promote their campaign when they got stuck in Kosovo because of the coronavirus pandemic. Watson, 25, from Loweswater in northwestern England, and Mike Elm, 32, from Edinburgh, Scotland, have been stranded in Prizren, a town in Kosovo, 85 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of the capital Pristina. Since mid-March, Kosovo has been in lockdown with all of its land and air border crossings shut. 

Rosie Watson, 25, left the mountains of the Lake District behind to run across Europe in an effort to raise awareness of the climate crisis.

She started her journey from her home in Lorton and ran to Newcastle, hopped on a ferry to the Netherlands before running more than 3000km -passing through Zurich in Switzerland, Croatia, Montenegro and Albania.

Seven weeks ago, her journey was halted as the borders of Kosovo were closed due to the coronavirus. She is now stranded in Prizren, a town 85km (50 miles) southwest of the capital, Pristina.

Kosovo has been in a lockdown since the middle of March. The virus has killed at least 22 people in the Balkan nation, which has almost 800 confirmed cases.

The lockdown in Kosovo is much different to that in the UK, Rosie explains: “We have 90 minute slots to do shopping or whatever we need to do based on the second to last digit on our passports.

“Originally we just thought we could go out to do shopping and it didn’t include exercise as it only mentioned shopping but when we asked around it seems a bit more relaxed.”

She plans to carry on her journey as soon as the lockdown is over, as she says “the climate crisis isn’t going to go away because of the pandemic so the journey isn’t going to either.”

Read more:
https://www.itv.com/news/border/2020-04-30/rosie-s-run-for-climate-crisis-on-hold-after-kosovo-lockdown/
https://www.westport-news.com/news/article/UK-climate-activists-stranded-in-historic-town-in-15233250.php

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