A giant puppet of a Syrian refugee child has landed in Poland, bringing aid packages to Ukrainian refugee children and families.
Ittle Amal, who aims to raise awareness of the plight of refugee children, became an international symbol of human rights after she traveled to Manchester from the Turkish-Syrian border last July.
The 3.5 m tall doll – a nine-year-old girl – was invited to Poland by the mayors of Lubin and Kraków to spread the message: “Don’t forget us”.
She will visit three cities in Poland and bring aid packages collected in the UK, with a focus on helping young children.
Amal will be hiking with children and families in Lubin, meeting newly arrived children and families in Kraków and visiting an aid center in Przemysl.
Wojciech Bakun, the Mayor of Przemysl said: “We are very happy that little Amal will visit Przemysl, and her visit to the border town next to the country at war will be a symbol of the call for peace, tranquility and humanity.”
Aleksander Sola, Vice-President of the Folkowisko Foundation, said: “We hope that Amal will draw the world’s attention to the refugee crisis, which Europe has not seen since the end of World War II.
“Amal symbolizes the millions of refugees who had to leave their homes.
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“Our Folkowisko Foundation has been involved in helping Ukraine since the beginning of the war; Our roots are in spreading culture, which is why the artistic expression that Amal brings is so important to us.”
Josie Naughton of Choose Love said: “Solidarity and inspiration are just as important as humanitarian aid in these moments.
“Amal embodies both in abundance and is hope for the future, especially for the millions of displaced children.
“We are so glad to support her on her journey as she stands with the people of Ukraine and everyone affected by this invasion.”
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