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Little Amal visits Decatur

Tuesday, October 10th at 5:00 PM
MARTA Decatur Station, Church Street

With a name meaning “Hope” in Arabic, Little Amal is a twelve-foot tall puppet of a ten-year-old Syrian refugee girl. Since beginning her journey in 2021, Amal has traveled to thirteen countries, meeting more than one million people. She has become an international symbol of compassion and human rights, carrying a message of hope for displaced people everywhere, especially children who have been separated from their families.

Now, between September and November this year, Amal will journey 6,000 miles across the United States, visiting over 35 cities.

Join us in welcoming her to Decatur on October 10th.

"One thing to take"

The number is staggering: 43.3 million children have been forcibly displaced from their homes since the end of 2022, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. In a world ravaged by conflict and displacement, it is the children, the most vulnerable among us, that bear the weight of the unimaginable suffering of displacement.

Yet, amidst the chaos and against all odds, a remarkable source of solace emerges: the stuffed animal.

While nothing can replace their homes or heal their scars, stuffed animals have emerged as steadfast companions to our refugee children: a constant source of emotional support, companionship, comfort, and a tangible reminder of happier times.

Take part in Amal's journey

One thing to take

Date: Tuesday, October 10
Pre-Event Celebration: Decatur Square 4 PM
THE WALK Start Location: Decatur MARTA Church St.
THE WALK Start Time: 5 PM
Written and performed by the Center for Puppetry Arts





What if you suddenly lost the one precious item you brought with you when you were forced to leave home?  The City of Decatur shows Amal how a community can come together to help.

Pre-show festivities begin at 4 pm on the Decatur Square.  The Walk begins at 5 PM at the Decatur MARTA station Church Street entrance. Follow Amal’s journey through the downtown area as she searches for her beloved item.  The journey will end on the Decatur Square at around 6 PM.

Children of all ages are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal to greet Amal.

Special performances by

Conundrums: The all-woman drumming group partners with Drumming for Peace to play West African rhythms.

Black Sheep Ensemble: A modern brass and percussion band from Atlanta will provide music during Amal’s walk.

Dekalb School of the Arts Choir: A special performance will celebrate the end of Amal’s journey in Decatur.

Moving in the Spirit: The creative youth development program will perform a choreographed dance in celebration of Amal’s journey.

Hand crafted food and treats by

Sweet Sweet Syria: Locally hand-crafted desserts and falafel for purchase.

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