giant refugee puppet little amal visits brighton on thursday

A giant puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee – Little Amal – is coming to Brighton for the first time this Thursday to lead a walk of hope along the beach.

Originally part of a poignant 2021 performance project to raise awareness of the plight of refugee children, the 3.5-metre-high puppet has come to symbolise human rights and the millions of children who have become refugees, risking their lives to find safety, many becoming separated from their families in the process.

Her urgent message to the world is “Don’t forget about us”.

Amal will visit children and families who have sought safety and asylum in the UK during the day on Thursday before leading a Walk of Hope (amal is Arabic for hope) along the beach that evening. Everyone is invited to join the walk alongside Amal to show their support for those who need our compassion and protection.

“This walk on Brighton Beach with Little Amal is a poignant demonstration of compassion for refugees. She is a beautiful symbol of hope that has never been more needed by those facing a terrifying journey to find safety,” said Enver Soloman, spokesperson for Together with Refugees and CEO of the Refugee Council.

You can donate to the Walk With Amal fund here, which supports young people into education and helps them achieve their potential wherever they’re rebuilding their home.

Thursday 30th March; 6pm
Meet at: Golden Spiral, opposite The West Pier, Lower Promenade, Brighton Beach