Knutsford Campaigner tells Minister of her love for Syria
A local campaigner is taking a message of peace to those in power.
Oxfam campaigner 23- year old Georgina Harmsworth, from Mobberley Road in Knutsford, is going all the way to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to urge Ministers to do everything they can to make peace happen for Syria.
Georgina will join other Oxfam campaigners from all over the country to meet with a Senior FCO Minister to hand in a 50,000 name petition that has been collected throughout the summer at UK festivals. The Love Syria petition is calling for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria and urges the UK government to use their global influence to help deliver peace talks in November.
She says: “I call for the urgent peace talks world leaders have been promising without further delay. I want to ask FCO to do everything they can to make them happen- an entire generation of children and young people has been living with violent conflict for over two years. This is extremely damaging for their lives, and also has serious repercussions for the rest of the world. Peace is needed- it cannot wait”.
Georgina joined other Oxfam supporters who have been campaigning for Syria at festivals and in their local communities. In addition to the petition, the Minister is going to be presented with a video showing highlights of the campaign and artwork made up from messages written by the UK public across the summer.
Over 2 million refugees have now fled violence in Syria and are in desperate need of shelter, food and water. Over half of them are children. Oxfam has so far helped over 200,000 people with food, clean water and shelter, but they are aiming to reach up to 650,000 before Christmas, in Syria and in the neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan.
Georgina said: “This conflict is going to taint forever the lives of an entire generation of children and young people– even if they manage to survive it. There are far too many children and young people who have suffered the tragic loss of loved ones, the destruction of their homes and homeland, and exile from education and the chance of a future”.
Georgina will be meeting with the Senior Minister on Wednesday 9th October in London.