The doll, more than three meters high, left Gaziantep on July 27, at the border between Turkey and Syria, to travel across Europe in search of his mother, until he reached Manchester in the United Kingdom.
This week begins the final stage of your journey, once you reach the coast of the UK, after walking thousands of kilometers across Europe, he says Watchman. So when Amal appears on Folkestone Beach in Kent, the bells will ring and the cheers will be heard, to signal arrival after crossing the English Channel – a journey already taken this year by more than 17,000 people seeking refuge away from their homes.
In the final leg of his trip, the doll will visit Canterbury, London, Oxford, Coventry, Birmingham, Sheffield and Barnsley, before heading to Manchester on November 3.
Amal – which in Arabic means “hope” – passed through several countries, and stopped at VaticanWhere he was with Pope Francis. With the doll is a team of 10 professionals, two of whom have a past as refugees and have made a journey from Syria to the UK.
“It was hard at times, but it was also amazing,” said David Lan, one of those behind The Walk project.
The idea for Amal’s journey to find her mother came from The Jungle, a critically acclaimed play about young refugees in a camp near Calais, which premiered at London’s Young Vic Theater in 2017. Then came the opportunity to convey the message of displacement, loss, dignity and hope. In towns and cities across Europe.
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