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ICTP Physics Without Frontiers welcomes Little Amal at the Esplanade des Particules at CERN

Little Amal is a 3.5-m-tall animated puppet of a Syrian refugee girl who has embarked on a remarkable journey – an 8000-km artistic voyage that is taking her across Turkey and Europe. To find her mother, to get back to school, to start a new life.

Little Amal
Little Amal strolled along the Esplanade des Particules and arrived at the Globe of science and innovation (Image: CERN)

The little girl, a symbol of support and hope for people in exile, is taking part in more than a hundred events across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK to focus attention on the urgent needs of young refugees.

During her journey through Europe, Amal was welcomed to Geneva on 28 and 29 September, where she made stops at the Place des Nations and the Grand Théâtre de Genève, passing by the Bains des Pâquis and the Parc des Bastions. On 29 September between 11 a.m. and 12 (noon), Amal met representatives of Physics Without Frontiers (ICTP) at CERN before continuing her journey to Belfort, France.

Like many girls around the world, Amal dreams of becoming a scientist. That’s why she met representatives of ICTP: the association works to motivate, train and educate physics and mathematics university students worldwide, focusing in particular on developing countries, to help build the next generation of scientists. During her visit, Amal “interacted” with the ICTP members, who presented the actions and purpose of their association in front of an interested crowd.

Half of all refugees in the world are children. Half of all school-age refugee children have lost their opportunity of a formal education. Little Amal represents the thousands of children who, just like her, have fled war and persecution and need our support to rebuild their lives. To make this possible, THE WALK has launched The Amal Fund. The Amal Fund will support effective grassroots groups, many of them along the route Little Amal is taking. They provide academic and vocational training, as well as essential support such as food, shelter and medical services.

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The Walk is a production of Good Chance Theatre.