Amal portrays a 10-year-old girl looking for her mother, who went out to find food and never came back, said Peter Avery, director of theater for the New York City Department of Education and producer of “Little Amal Walks New York.”
“Little Amal” has captured the hearts of people around the world, spreading a message of solidarity with displaced people. Source: Getty / Getty Images
“After the Middle East and Europe, the producers of ‘Little Amal’ chose New York because they said America and Europe were exactly the kind of place where the ‘huddled masses,’ a poem by Emma Lazarus, were welcome,” said Avery, referring to mind the words carved on the pedestal. Statue of Liberty.
Broadway performers and about 200 New York City students serenaded Amal to calm her down in busy Times Square.
“Little Amal’s message to the world is, ‘Don’t forget us,'” Mr. Avery said.