Houston Matters

Little Amal comes to Houston

We learn about the not-so-little, world-traveling puppet as she makes her way through Houston.


Photo of large animatronic puppet in downtown Houston
Celeste Schurman
Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl, started her journey in downtown Houston's Theater District on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023.


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Little Amal is a 12-foot puppet representing a young Syrian refugee, making her way through the country. She's become a global symbol of human rights, and has been journeying nine thousand miles in cities across the U.S. and Mexico, including the Houston area just last week.

Little Amal started her Houston journey downtown in front of the Alley Theater, then stopped in Gulfton, then ended her Houston visit in Third Ward at Emancipation Park.

Houston Matters producer Celeste Schurman followed Amal during her visit to the Bayou City and sat down with Xandra Eden, Executive Director of DiverseWorks, and Troy Scheid, Director of Brave Little Company.