‘Little Amal’: giant puppet of little girl comes to Southwark

Kit Heren (23 October, 2021)

The 3.5 metre tall puppet represents the difficult journey faced by refugees displaced from home

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A giant puppet of a little girl representing the refugee crisis was in Southwark on Saturday (October 23) as part of an epic journey across Europe.

3.5-metre tall ‘Little Amal’ was at the Globe Theatre on Bankside at 1pm on Saturday, where she was expected to take part in a production of Shakespeare.

Southwark Council said in a statement on social media: “We’re welcoming Amal this Saturday to a borough that is proud to support those fleeing persecution and conflict. Her journey is a reminder of the situation so many people face as they try to survive and protect loved ones.”

Mayor Sadiq Khan lent his support to the initiative, adding: “Amal is a 9-year-old unaccompanied child. A refugee. She represents the millions of displaced children forced to leave their homes in desperate situations.”

Amal is nearing the end of an 8,000 km ‘walk’ from the Syrian border with Turkey to Manchester. The project was created by theatre groups Good Chance and Handspring Puppet Company, responsible for War Horse, which played in the National Theatre on the South Bank.

The campaign is raising money for refugees. If you would like to donate, click here.

 

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