We were privileged to meet Little Amal as she undertakes her epic journey to highlight the plight of refugees.
On her long walk from the Syrian/Turkish border to Manchester, Little Amal – a 3.5m tall puppet representing the displaced child refugees of the world – passed through Oxford today and visited Hertford’s iconic bridge. For her walk through Oxford, she was joined by a puppet Alice in Wonderland who showed her some of the key sights in the city, including the Botanic Garden, Radcliffe Square and the Bodleian Library. Amal and Alice were greeted by enthusiastic crowds with thousands of people filling the main streets and performances by local dance, music and arts groups.
Organised by Good Chance Theatre, in collaboration with world-famous creators of War Horse Handspring Puppet Company, this event provided an important reminder of the challenges that so many young people face in today’s world. For more information about the project, see The Walk website.
Thank you to Prof. Pat Roche for contributing words and pictures to this piece.