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Watch: Short film celebrates Little Amal's visit to Sheffield

Starting her journey on the Turkey-Syria border, the 3.5 metre puppet of a Syrian refugee made South Yorkshire her penultimate stop before reaching Manchester.

At the end of last month Little Amal, a huge puppet of a ten-year-old Syrian refugee, visited Sheffield as she neared the end of her epic journey across Europe.

Yesterday Welcome to Sheffield released a short film of the day, which started with Amal arriving by barge at Victoria Quays and finished with fireworks and a brass band in the Peace Gardens. Amal's visit to the city was organised by Sheffield Theatres.

“Many children have walked in Amal’s shoes and are left with no other option than to leave their homes and travel a very long way to find a new one, said Sheffield councillor Alison Teal.

"It must be very frightening and we’re glad that Sheffield is a city that will give children a place to call home with the help they need to be safe."

In 2007 Sheffield became the UK's first City of Sanctuary, meaning that it offers a home for people fleeing persecution and war.

by Sam Gregory (he/him)
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