A giant puppet of a Syrian refugee child created to symbolize millions of displaced children landed on the coast of southeast England on Oct. 19th. The 3.5-meter puppet named Little Amal — a name meaning “hope” in Arabic — was greeted by actor Jude Law on the Folkestone seafront.
Little Amal, operated by three people, has walked an 8,000km journey across Europe from the border of Syria in July, crossing eight countries in the process. She has been greeted by thousands of people along the way, including Pope Francis in Rome.
Little Amal represents the millions of children forced to leave their homes in desperate situations. The global pandemic has made them more vulnerable than ever. In London, Little Amal celebrated her 10th birthday at the V&A Museum on Oct. 24th alongside children from across the British capital.