Call me a cheapskate, but I initially thought it was all fake due to the ridiculous roaming charges that this sort of journey would entail. He's crossed about four countries! I couldn't even afford those price hikes, and I'm certainly not in a financial position dire enough to risk my life over. I also didn't believe it because JUST LOOK AT IT:
I'm no expert on Spanish border control, but I'm pretty sure they confiscate your phone before they chuck you in a detention centre. Feel free to give me a call if they've let you keep yours. It turns out the stunt was part of an online campaign to promote a Spanish photography festival, and that Abdou is an actor called Hagi Toure - a Spanish citizen of 10 years. Here he is IRL:
I'd link to the festival, but it seems wrong to promote such a thing. The man behind the stunt can argue, as he has done, that conflating a humanitarian crisis with online vacuity is a shrewd comment on Western culture. But in reality, he's just exploiting the crisis for financial gain. A bit like the criminal organisations who traffic these desperate migrants.
Here's the video, where you'll feel the full effect of the contrived message being hammered down your throat.
Want more fake bullshit from HuffPo? Read about the time they reported on a feminist who aborted her baby because it was a boy.