A 12 foot-tall puppet that’s touring the world is stopping in Columbus this week

Sav McKee

Little Amal has traveled over 6,000 miles, through 97 cities, and 15 different countries, and one of her next stops is here in Columbus, Ohio, which is a pretty huge deal. Amal has been featured and photographed in global publications such as the BBC, CNN, and the New York Times.

This enormous, 12 ft tall puppet represents the refugee experience, specifically a Syrian refugee girl. Half of refugees are children, after all, and Amal has become an international symbol of hope, compassion, and human rights. When she travels throughout cities, she’s greeted with celebrations and fun events, but it’s still a reminder of how long refugees and displaced children have to travel to find a home.


This event will take place starting at Genoa Park at 303 W. Broad St. on September 22nd, with activities, such as making welcome signs, crafts, and encouraging notes for Amal, plus food trucks, starting at 5pm. At 6pm, Amal will start the trek from the U.S. Supreme Court building, then across the Broad Street Bridge, ending at Genoa Park. Her journey will be accompanied by street performers from local organizations, including the Columbus Saints Drum Line!

Everyone is welcome to join Amal’s journey – no tickets required. “People from throughout Central Ohio are invited to greet Amal and participate in her journey through Columbus,” said Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA).

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