Giant puppet of Syrian child arrives on Kent coast

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A giant puppet of a Syrian child refugee has landed in Kent and made its first steps in the UK as it continues its 5,000-mile journey symbolizing the “millions of displaced children”.

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Little Amal has traveled through much of Europe and will end up in Manchester since leaving the Turkish-Syrian border in July.

A 3.5-metre-tall puppet of a nine-year-old girl has been greeted by communities during her epic journey designed to highlight the plight of child refugees.


It was welcomed by actor Jude Law at the Folkestone seafront after arriving in England on Tuesday.

The long journey of the puppet is intended to be a walk for all the children who are not with them and separated from their families, who are forced to undertake extraordinary journeys under life-threatening conditions.

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“Chhota amal will run so that we don’t forget them”, say the organisers.

The puppet was made by War Horse Creators Handspring Puppet Company from a molded cane body with a carbon fiber head, arms and legs.

Little Amal is operated on by three people, one standing inside her body on a pair of stilts and two others waving her arms.

It comes as the UK government continues to face criticism over its planned nationality and border bill as well as its response to the English Channel crossing.

According to data compiled by the PA news agency, more than 19,500 people have made the dangerous journey from the Dover Strait to Britain in small boats this year.

Despite this, the UK continues to have far fewer boat arrivals and asylum claims than many of its European counterparts.

So far this year, at least 87,449 people have reached Europe by land and sea through the Mediterranean, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

According to the same data, at least 1,299 people are estimated to be dead or missing.

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