A giant puppet of a child refugee will walk from the Turkish-Syrian border to Manchester, symbolising “millions of displaced children”.

The puppet will travel almost 5,000 miles across Turkey and Europe “in search of her mother”.

Organisers say Little Amal, a 3.5-metre-tall puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian girl, is an “emblem of the millions of displaced refugee children separated from their families”.

Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry, one of the producers of The Walk, said the event was a “travelling festival of art and hope” in support of “refugees and, in particular, children refugees”.

Amal will travel through Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and France to reach the UK.

Organisers say they want to “highlight the millions of displaced children who are more vulnerable than ever during the global pandemic” and a fundraising campaign to support refugees will take place during The Walk.

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