'Little Amal' the Refugee Puppet Arrives in London After 5,000 Mile Journey Across Europe

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An 11.5-foot (3.5-meter) tall puppet, known as “Little Amal,” arrived in London after completing a 5,000 mile journey across Europe as part of a project aimed to “focus attention on the urgent needs of young refugees.”

The puppet, depicting a Syrian girl named Amal, is at the heart of project called ‘The Walk’, which followed Little Amal as she traveled from the Turkish-Syrian border to Manchester.

The artwork was made by the Handspring Puppet Company and was inspired by a character who “represented the hundreds of unaccompanied minors in the Calais camp who were separated from their families” in the Good Chance theater company’s award-winning play “The Jungle.”

This video, filmed by Attila Kulcsar, shows crowds gathering to greet Little Amal in Trafalagar Square to celebrate her journey across Europe and the character’s tenth birthday. Credit: Attila Kulcsar via Storyful