Welcome to Bristol Amal - it was great to meet you!

First published 1st July 2022

Last Friday during Refugee Week which took place from 19th to 25th June, Little Amal (which means hope in Arabic and was inspired by a drawing from a young Syrian refugee child) came to Bristol and walked from the Old Vic Theatre to the harbourside, meeting hundreds of people along the way.

Many of us within the Diocese had the wonderful opportunity of greeting Little Amal along her journey and outside Saint Stephen’s City Church and associate minister, Frances Houghton, was able to pray a prayer of blessing and thank Amal for helping raise awareness of the current refugee crisis.

Little Amal captured the world’s interest in 2021 as the giant, 3.5m tall (that’s 11½ feet high) mechanical puppet that has walked nearly 5,000 miles across Europe, focussing attention on the urgent needs of young refugees.

It was such a powerful way of bringing attention to the urgent needs of refugees during Refugee Week.

It was lovely to meet you Amal!

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