Preparing to Welcome Little Amal

‘The Walk’ with *Little Amal will reach Manchester, the final destination of an epic 8,000km journey from the Syria-Turkey border, on Wednesday 3rd November.  
“It is because the attention of the world is elsewhere right now that it is more important than ever to reignite the conversation about the refugee crisis and to change the narrative around it. Yes, refugees need food and blankets, but they also need dignity and a voice. The purpose of The Walk is to highlight the potential of the refugee, not just their dire circumstances. Little Amal is 3.5 metres tall because we want the world to grow big enough to greet her. We want her to inspire us to think big and to act bigger.”
Amir Nizar Zuabi, Artistic Director of The Walk
To book a free ticket for Little Amal’s outdoor arrival event in Manchester at the Castlefield Bowl 7.00 pm on Wednesday 3rd November, please go to https://mif.co.uk/whats-on/the-walk/
Please check local media for latest details of the welcome events being held in Wigan on Sunday 31st October and Rochdale on Tuesday 2nd November.
For more information about The Walk, please go to: https://www.walkwithamal.org/
For us here in the Diocese of Salford, it is particularly significant that Little Amal’s journey should end here, as there is so much good work happening to welcome the stranger.
  • Caritas Salford’s Refugee Response team carries out year round work to educate and support individuals and families making their new home here in the north west.
  • Volunteer groups in parishes make a prayerful commitment to welcome, protect and support refugee families through the Community Sponsorship Scheme.
  • Our diocesan schools are havens of sanctuary and support, that enable children – impacted by migration – to flourish and fulfil their potential, despite the challenges they have experienced.
  • Thank you to the people in parishes and local communities that responded so generously to the Afghanistan Evacuee crisis and our appeal for donations.
*Little Amal is a 3.5-metre puppet of a nine-year-old refugee girl.  She has been walking on an 8,000km journey from the Syria-Turkey border, through 65 cities, towns and villages across Europe, including Rome where Little Amal met Pope Francis, all the way to Manchester in search of a new and safe place to call home.
The purpose of this extraordinary journey of hope is to raise awareness of the plight of the thousands of children worldwide whose lives have been significantly impacted by migration.  Please continue to pray for all children, families and individuals impacted by migration and those who support them.
On Monday 25th October Little Amal will arrive at Westminster Cathedral and will be greeted by Cardinal Vincent Nicholls during a special service, before she makes her way up north and her final destination of Manchester.