Puppet 'little Amal' lays flowers outside Ukrainian embassy in London

Puppet 'little Amal' lays flowers outside Ukrainian embassy in London
The famous continent-crossing puppet of an unaccompanied Syrian refugee has appeared in solidarity with Ukraine and laid flowers in remembrance of lives already lost in the war.
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11 March, 2022
'Little Amal' visited the Ukrainian Embassy, laying flowers on the steps and meeting with staff [Getty]

The 10-feet tall puppet dubbed 'Little Amal’, which crossed Europe in solidarity with young refugees around the world, has paid her respects at the Ukrainian embassy in the British capital London. 

Laying a bouquet of yellow roses at the entrance of the embassy, Little Amal was greeted by embassy staff and thanked for her act of remembrance.  

The flowers were placed alongside many that have been lain outside the Ukrainian embassy in Notting Hill - including many sunflowers, Ukraine’s national flower and an increasingly potent symbol of resistance in the country facing the intensifying Russian invasion.

The team behind Little Amal also attended the embassy. These included producer David Lam who was responsible for pioneering the puppet’s journey on foot across Europe in 2021 and artistic director Amir Nizar Zuabi. 

Designed and built by the handspring puppet company, Little Amal walked over 5,000 miles, setting off from the border between Turkey and Syria

As an 'unaccompanied minor', the puppet followed land routes taken by migrants crossing Europe over the last decade - in search of her mother. 

London’s support for Ukraine

The embassy has had several other visitors this week, including UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, and scores of British volunteers signing up to join Ukraine’s "foreign legion". 

Protests and remembrances have continued across London since the start of Russia’s invasion, including demonstrations outside the Russian Embassy last week. 

During Wallace’s visit to the Ukrainian embassy, he met with Ambassador Vadim Prystaiko to discuss additional humanitarian and lethal aid to Ukraine.