This giant puppet walks in the skin of a young refugee crossing Europe – .

This giant puppet walks in the skin of a young refugee crossing Europe – .

Last Friday, Little Amal – a 3.5-meter-tall puppet depicting a young refugee girl – met children at an event in Place du Trocadéro near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
‘The Walk’ is an artistic initiative that began in July this year in the hope of drawing the world’s attention to the plight of millions of young refugees, representing all internally displaced children who have often been separated from their families. .

The 8,000-kilometer project travels through Europe via Turkey, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and France, before ending in the UK in early November.

Throughout her journey, Amal has been hosted by hundreds of cultural events in towns and villages across Europe, bringing together famous artists, major cultural institutions, community groups and humanitarian organizations.

After her visit to the City of Light, Amal went to Bray-Dunes beach near Calais.

It was in preparation for the same cross-Channel trip made by thousands of people each year seeking refuge from conflict, hunger and persecution.

Over the next two weeks, ‘The walk’ will embark on its final leg, traveling from Kent in the south of England to the city of Manchester in the north.

Directed by Artistic Director Amir Nizar Zuabi, “The Walk” is “a cultural odyssey transcending borders, politics and language to tell a new story of shared humanity – and to ensure that the world does not forget the millions of people. displaced children, each with their own story, who are more vulnerable than ever during the global pandemic. “

The Little Amal puppet was designed by the Handspring Puppet Company, known for their award-winning puppet design for the longtime West End play, War Horse.

Amal’s journey was an extraordinary artistic endeavor, which sparked conversations about migration and offered a sense of humanity to the thousands of displaced young people trying to find their way in Europe.

‘The Walk’, which began in late July, saw Amal walking from Gaziantep, on the Turkish-Syrian border, across Europe and will end with a public event in Manchester on November 3.


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