People are sharing Jo Cox's poignant words about child refugees

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Thursday 16 June 2016 19:00

Labour MP Jo Cox has died after being shot and stabbed in her West Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen.

Following the news, tributes have poured in from across the political spectrum.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised Cox for her "lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity".

The mother of two, who co-chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group Friends of Syria, spoke passionately in parliament last year as MPs debated the Dubs amendment which would see 3,000 child refugees admitted to the UK despite opposition from the Government.

Following news of her death, many have been sharing her words again:

We all know that the vast majority of the terrified, friendless and profoundly vulnerable child refugees scattered across Europe tonight came from Syria.

We also know that as that conflict enters its sixth barbaric year that desperate Syrian families are being forced to make an impossible decision: stay and face starvation, rape, persecution and death or make a perilous journey to find sanctuary elsewhere.

And who can blame desperate parents for wanting to escape the horror that their families are experiencing. The reality in which children are being killed on their way to school, where children as young as seven are being forcibly recruited to the front line and where one in three Syrian children have grown up knowing nothing but fear and war.

These children have been exposed to things no child should ever witness and I know I personally would risk life and limb to get my two precious babies out of that hell-hole.

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