12-foot-tall puppet of Syrian refugee girl coming to Decatur in social awareness tour

Little Amal, a 12-foot-tall puppet of a Syrian refugee girl, visited Toronto and the Luminato...
Little Amal, a 12-foot-tall puppet of a Syrian refugee lady, visited Toronto and the Luminato Competition in June 2023.(Taku Kumabe)

ATLANTA, Ga. (DECATURISH) – Amal Walks Throughout America is coming to Decatur on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 5 p.m. She is going to start her stroll on the MARTA entrance on Church Road.

Little Amal is an internationally-celebrated 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee lady, Atlanta Information First’s associate Decaturish experiences. She shall be visiting the Atlanta space Oct. 8-10 as a part of her 6,000-mile journey throughout the US. This fall, she is going to go to 35 cities, together with Decatur, in keeping with Flux Initiatives’ web site.

Flux Initiatives is partnering with the Heart for Puppetry Arts, the Decatur Arts Alliance, the Metropolis of Decatur, MARTA Artbound, and Welcoming America to welcome Amal to Decatur subsequent week.

“She began in 2021 and left Gaziantep, Turkey, near the Syrian border, and has since then walked from there to Greece and throughout Europe to Manchester, England, the place she was speaking and bringing consideration to a plight of refugees, and particularly the kids as a result of they’re usually probably the most impacted by the conditions of their nation from which they’re fleeing or which their mother and father are fleeing,” mentioned Rebekka Kuntschik, growth director with Flux Initiatives, on the Decatur Metropolis Fee assembly on Oct. 2.

In Decatur, there shall be music on the Sq. at 4 p.m. and Amal will emerge from the MARTA station at 5 p.m.

“We’re partnering with the Black Sheep Ensemble, and we’re partnering with the DeKalb College of the Arts and with Shifting within the Spirit as a way to have the music and dance that accompanies all of her performances and public appearances,” Kuntschik mentioned. “She shall be strolling down Church Road, Ponce [de Leon Avenue] after which as much as the Sq..”

She added that the Heart for Puppetry Arts has additionally created a particular story that shall be a part of the presentation. The occasion can even be sure that Amal has a stuffed animal for her journey. The Flux Challenge web site notes that 43.3 million youngsters have been forcibly displaced from their properties for the reason that finish of 2022.

“But, amidst the chaos and in opposition to all odds, a outstanding supply of solace emerges: the stuffed animal,” the web site states. “Whereas nothing can substitute their properties or heal their scars, stuffed animals have emerged as steadfast companions to our refugee youngsters: a continuing supply of emotional help, companionship, consolation, and a tangible reminder of happier occasions. These consolation creatures mark the numerous miles with their youngster, present leisure and engagement throughout the inevitable lengthy hours of isolation and uncertainty.”

Through the occasion, youngsters are invited to convey their stuffed animals to hitch the celebration with Amal.

“That is actually a kind of extremely highly effective and impactful artwork experiences that ought to hopefully resonate with individuals, not simply in experiencing Amal, but in addition in desirous about the people who find themselves coming into our communities right here in Decatur and surrounding areas, and the way we needs to be partaking them after she leaves,” Kuntschik mentioned. “It truly is about welcoming her, as we should always all people who involves our city.”

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