'Hope': Little Amal, a 3.5 metre-tall Syrian refugee puppet, reaches UK

After a long trek through the Europe, Little Amal — a tall puppet of a Syrian refugee girl — has finally reached the UK where she was welcomed with celebratory chants

Tall and strong

A giant puppet of a Syrian refugee girl was welcomed at St Paul's Cathedral. The puppet is 3.5-metre tall and was welcomed by a huge crowd and a group of children who yelled "Amal! Amal! Amal!"

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The Walk

The puppet arrived in London as a part of an international art project The Walk. 'Little Amal' was designed by The Handspring Puppet Company.

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Hope

'Amal' means 'hope' in Arabic. Little Amal depicts the story of refugees, especially children, who have had to walk miles for safety and other basic needs.

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Recreating refugee route

Little Amal travelled nearly 5,000 miles to reach to the UK, recreating a route that refugees take to flee from war-torn countries. The organisers believe that this gives "an opportunity for people to be sympathetic and imagine what it would be like to be her"

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A long trek

She walked through Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium to reach to the UK. Little Amal attracted crowds in several cities and towns,

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