The Walk With Amal, Little Amal Favorite 



Jun 1 2021


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Little Amal is the 12 foot puppet of a 10 year old Syrian refugee child at the heart of The Walk. Over the last year she has become a global symbol of human rights, especially those of refugees.

Since July 2021, Amal has travelled over 9,000km and been welcomed by more than a million people on the street, including hundreds of artists and civil society and faith leaders, as well as by tens of millions online.

Her journeys are festivals of art and hope (her name means ‘hope’ in Arabic) that draw attention to the huge numbers of children fleeing war, violence and persecution, each with their own story. Her urgent message to the world is “Don’t forget about us”.

So far, she has visited 13 countries including Turkey, Greece, Italy, France and the UK. Most recently, she has been welcomed in Lviv in Ukraine and by 50 events in all 5 boroughs of New York City.

Amal means ‘hope’ in Arabic. There are tens of thousands of Amals, boys as well as girls, who need to find their way into education and to rebuild their lives. In the hope that we can help, we’ve launched The Amal Fund, with our colleagues Choose Love. If you’ve been moved by Amal’s journey please help young refugees like her find a more hopeful future.

Little Amal has become an international symbol of compassion and of human rights. She carries a message of hope for displaced people everywhere, especially children who have been separated from their families.

Since the beginning of her journey in 2021, Little Amal has travelled through over 85 cities and been welcomed at more than 240 unique events, reaching an estimated 1 million people live in the 13 countries she has already visited, and millions more online.

Throughout history the movement of people has fuelled human progress, enriched culture and accelerated the acquisition of knowledge. The Walk is a celebration of migration and cultural diversity that tells the story of the contributions made by refugees and immigrants. It represents the refugee story as one of potential, success, respect, hospitality and kindness.

Art affirms our shared humanity regardless of language, culture, finance or education. We believe that The Walk has initiated lasting change. By telling the stories of people who are often marginalised, feared or pitied we can help transform their lives and our own.

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How does this project help?

Timeframe For change

The long term goal of this demonstration is the cultivation of awareness of how many Syrian children are suffering from displacement and violence. Amal’s name means “hope” in Arabic and symbolizes the collective future, and hope for reform to occur as a result of the campaign.


The project is paramountly effective in educating the masses about the gravity of this issue. It has mobilized thousands of people to marvel at at Amal, the puppet, which is a spectacle in itself. It is highly effective in educating, but isn’t so effective in giving engaged audiences actionable steps to help the cause.