On the 27th of October, ‘Little Amal’ visited Coventry as part of her 5000 mile trek across Europe.
‘Little’ Amal wasn’t of course all that little, she was in fact eleven feet tall model of a ten year-old (nine when she started her journey) unaccompanied Syrian refugee making her way across Europe to Britain, representing all displaced children with the message “Don’t forget about us” as the centrepiece of a project called “The Walk“.
This is how the BBC introduced Little Amal and The Walk before she arrived.
Amir Nizar Zuabi, Artistic Director of The Walk said: “It is because the attention of the world is elsewhere right now that it is more important than ever to reignite the conversation about the refugee crisis and to change the narrative around it. Yes, refugees need food and blankets, but they also need dignity and a voice. The purpose of The Walk is to highlight the potential of the refugee, not just their dire circumstances. Little Amal is 3.5 metres tall because we want the world to grow big enough to greet her. We want her to inspire us to think big and to act bigger.”
Here’ some of the highlights from her time in Coventry.