Two giant puppets – one depicting a 10-year-old Syrian refugee and the other depicting a sea goddess – met and embraced in Glasgow, Scotland, as the COP26 summit continued on Wednesday, November 10.
Little Amal, the 3.5-meter-tall Syrian refugee puppet, traveled 5,000 miles across Europe from the Syrian border as part of a project aimed to “focus attention on the urgent needs of young refugees."
The puppet was made by the Handspring Puppet Company and was inspired by a character who “represented the hundreds of unaccompanied minors in the Calais camp who were separated from their families” in the Good Chance theater company’s award-winning play The Jungle.
As part of her visit, Little Amal met a 10-meter sea goddess puppet called Storm. Storm, created by the Edinburgh theater company Vision Mechanics, is made entirely out of recycled and natural materials and was brought to COP26 to raise awareness of the crisis facing the Earth’s oceans.
Video filmed by Catherine Gemmell shows Storm holding Little Amal in her arms on Wednesday. Credit: @cathgem2000 via Storyful