The Lab to welcome human-rights emblem Little Amal to Washington

The 12-foot-tall puppet of a Syrian refugee child traveled across Europe in 2021 and will travel across the U.S. this fall—including a stop in DC.

On World Refugee Day, June 20, The Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics announced its partnership with the Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues at Georgetown and key community partners to bring an extraordinary individual—an embodiment of resilience and hope, Little Amal—to the Capitol on the afternoon of September 19 (final permits pending). Acclaimed as “one of the most ambitious live artworks ever staged” and “an international symbol of human rights,” Little Amal is known for bringing communities together as she travels alone through unfamiliar territories.

Little Amal. Photo courtesy of The Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics.

Her visit to Washington will include multiple welcome events with a variety of local partners, with a central visit to the Capitol on September 19, organized and produced by The Lab. Amal Walks Across America is produced by The Walk Productions in association with the Handspring Puppet Company.

Everyone is invited to attend and to participate in her walk to The Capitol. More details to come soon on The Lab’s website.

Amal, whose name means hope in Arabic, is a 12-foot puppet of a Syrian refugee child. She will be walking 6,000 miles from Boston to San Diego this fall. Along her path, she will be welcomed by over 1,000 artists at more than 100 events in 35 towns and cities. When she comes to DC in September, organizers are working to bring her to the Capitol to meet people who could change her life and the lives of thousands like her.

The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics with the Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues at Georgetown will partner with The Walk to host Amal at this crucial juncture of her incredible journey across America. As Amal travels in search of her mother and a new home, we know that there are thousands like her whom we are called on to remember today and always. The Lab is honored to be a part of this transformative initiative that brings attention to the lives and realities of children on the move and children traveling alone—whoever they are, wherever they come from.


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