Little Amal is the 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee child at the heart of The Walk. She has become a global symbol of human rights, especially those of refugees.
Little Amal is known for bringing communities together as she travels alone through unfamiliar territories. Her visit in Washington will include multiple welcome events with a variety of local partners, with a central visit to the U.S. Capitol on September 19, organized and produced by The Lab. Artists and supporters in D.C. will welcome her with music and ritual, sending her with their messages of hope to carry to the Capitol, where a bipartisan group of legislators will be invited to greet Amal. Everyone is invited to attend and to participate in her walk to the Capitol.
Since July 2021, Amal has travelled over 6,000 miles to 97 towns and cities in 15 countries and been welcomed by more than a million people on the street, including hundreds of artists and civil society and faith leaders, as well as by tens of millions online. Her journeys are festivals of art and hope that draw attention to the huge numbers of children fleeing war, violence and persecution, each with their own story. Her urgent message to the world is, “Don’t forget about us.”
In partnership with other organizations in the DMV, Washington Revels is inviting the community to participate by walking with Amal and/or meeting at the reflecting pool in front of the Capitol to join in the singing of “This Little Light of Mine.” The event begins at 4 p.m. in Freedom Plaza with a collective gathering, followed by a walk to the Capitol. Join Washington Revels and other organizations in Washington, D.C. for this historic event!