After traveling through 14 countries, the “Little Amal”, a monumental puppet that represents a Syrian refugee girl, She arrived this Saturday afternoon at the capital’s Zócalo, where she was received by the Head of Government, Martí Batres Guadarrama, the local Secretary of Culture, Claudia Curiel de Icaza and of Tourism, Nathalie Desplas Puel; and the general director of International Relations and Cooperation of Mexico City, Mariana Flores Mayén.
Amal travels with the motto “Don’t forget about us”, in solidarity with children who have abandoned their place of origin and their family due to violence, war or persecution. Its mission is to transmit a message of peace, tolerance and solidarity towards the migrants and refugees.
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The capital government, through the Ministry of Culture, reported that Amalthe 3.6 meter puppet high, which symbolizes a 10-year-old Syrian girl and represents refugee girls and boys from around the world, will remain in the country’s capital until November 21, where they will visit the Basilica of Guadalupe, Xochimilco and the Chamber of Deputies.
On its journey around the world, the puppet will remain in the country until November 26 to make a journey from Tijuana to Tapachula, with stops in Monterrey, Guadalajara, Zapopan, Mexico City, Oaxaca in order to carry out cultural activities with girls, boys and young people, as well as public figures and artistic groups.
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During Amal’s reception, the resident coordinator of the United Nations in Mexico, Peter Grohmann, was present; the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Mexico, Giovanni Lepri; the Head of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mexico, Diana Graber Ladek; the representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Mexico, Fernando Carrera; and the representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Mexico, Carlos Morales.
Originally published in The Press