Little Amal Presented with LU Card to Welcome Her at Leiden University in The Hague
During the week of 15 November, Little Amal, the larger-than-life doll visited The Hague. Naturally she received a warm welcome by Leiden University during her visit. Little Amal (art project The Walk) was invited by Amare. This new house for the arts, events, education and cultural encounter officially opened its doors on Friday 19 November. Unfortunately, the Open Festival that had been planned in celebration of the opening had to be cancelled due to the new corona restrictions.
‘It was such an emotional moment, when you realize the journey she’s been on and how happy she was with her LU Card. It really makes you wonder and I found myself wanting to know more about her story'
Fortunately, a meeting between 2 students and Little Amal was still a possibility. Last Friday, Little Amal took a stroll along the Hofvijver where 2 students presented her with a LU card. The presentation of the LU Card symbolized how welcome she, and everyone else, is at Leiden University.
‘It was such an emotional moment, when you realize the journey she’s been on and how happy she was with her LU Card. It really makes you wonder and I found myself wanting to know more about her story,’ said Hanna, Public Administration student in The Hague. What at first glance might have been a simple meeting needed only a few words to tell a complicated story.
International Art Project The Walk – Little Amal
The Walk is a travelling project about art and hope. The larger-than-life doll Little Amal, is the central focus of the project, symbolizing a 9-year old refugee girl. In search for her mother she is travelling 8,000 kilometers from the Turkish-Syrian border across Europe. Hoping to generate attention for the plight of the millions of displaced refugee children worldwide. As part of her journey, Director Amir Nazir Zuabi collaborates with renowned artists, cultural institutions, local communities and humanitarian organizations. As was the case in The Hague.
Educational Project Little Amal & Leiden University
A collaboration with Leiden University in The Hague was part of the project. The FGGA Communications Team adapted an existing migration game of the Institute Public Administration to tell this little girl’s story. The University invited secondary schools to come and play the game and meet Amal at the same time. Unfortunately, these activities had to be cancelled and we hope to welcome the secondary schools at a later date.