The family of a Spanish man who has gone missing while travelling by foot to Qatar for the World Cup are appealing for information on their son’s whereabouts.
Santiago Sanchez Cogedor, 41, an experienced trekker and former paratrooper, documented his journey on Instagram over nine months.
Sanchez was last seen in Iraq after hiking through 15 countries, but his social media posts stopped on October 2, the day he entered Iran from the country’s border with Iraq as violence and protests grip the nation.
Sanchez’s family said his daily WhatsApp updates also stopped that day.
“We are deeply worried, we can’t stop crying, my husband and I,” his mother, Celia Cogedor, told AP.
Iran was the last stop for Sanchez before arriving in Qatar.
Al Jazeera’s David Stokes reports
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