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Little Amal: Jude Law welcomes huge Syrian refugee puppet to UK

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Little Amal: Jude Law welcomes huge Syrian refugee puppet to UK

Jude Law welcomed a giant puppet of a 9-year-old Syrianrefugee as it arrived on the coast of Kent on Tuesday morning.

The actor walked alongside the 3.5-metre tall puppet, named Amal, as it took a stroll on Harbour Arm in Folkestone.

It marked the final stage of Amal's journey through Europe as part of an initiative, named The Walk, to raise awareness of the problems faced by young refugees.

The initiative is designed by The Good Chance Theatre who produced The Jungle - a play focusing on the conditions at the Calais migrant camp. The puppet is crafted from cane and carbon fibre.

Bells chimed as Amal reached the shores of Kent on Tuesday morning surrounded by schoolchildren. The puppet will later be moved on to a disused railway where local choirs and singers will perform.

Amal has travelled through Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and France on her way to the UK - mirroring the perilous and complex journey faced by many migrants seeking refuge. Her journey began some 8,000km away at the Syrian border.

She will arrive in Canterbury on Thursday before travelling to London and Oxford - eventually finishing in Manchester on November 3.

In London, Amal will celebrate her 10th birthday at a party at the V&A museum. Children from all over the capital have been invited and will join in in workshops and musical performances.

The puppet is operated by three people – one standing on a pair of stilts inside its body and two others beside moving its arms.

Organisers said they wanted to “highlight the millions of displaced children who are more vulnerable than ever during the global pandemic”.

Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry, one of the producers of The Walk, said the event was a “travelling festival of art and hope” in support of “refugees and, in particular, children refugees”.

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