April 2018

April 30th, 2018

Spotlight: Fulani Herdsmen kill 19 in Church raid

Tuesday 24th April 2018 Two Priests and 17 worshippers were killed last Tuesday at the hands of the Fulani Herdsmen during an early morning mass service in Benue state, Nigeria. The State police spokesman Trevor Akase told CNN that the herdsmen “burnt nearly 50 houses during the attack and sacked the entire community”....

April 30th, 2018

Food Aid Feeds Thousands in Blue Nile

Emergency food aid funded by Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) has been successfully delivered to 9,000 displaced people facing starvation in Blue Nile State, Sudan. HART visited the area in January 2018, and issued an urgent appeal for £50,000 for sorghum (the common grain) and cooking oil for families forced to flee from violent conflict....

April 27th, 2018

Baroness Cox receives answers to written questions on Nigeria

Baroness Cox (crossbench) posed questions to the UK Government about the recent Boko Haram abductions of schoolgirls and what efforts are being made to secure their release. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) replied.    Baroness Cox To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 March (HL Deb, col 613), what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria to secure the release of Christian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu who was abducted by Boko Haram; and what progress has been made on securing her release....

April 25th, 2018

Baroness Cox receives answers to her written questions on UK involvement in Syria

Baroness Cox (crossbench) posed questions to the UK Government about its response to the killing of a British soldier in Syria and British funding of the Free Syrian Army following the attack. Earl Howe (Con) submitted his written replies.  Baroness Cox To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the laying of a roadside bomb in Manbij, Syria, reportedly by allies of Turkey, which killed a British soldier on 29 March....

April 24th, 2018

Statement from Caroline Cox on her recent visit to Syria

  Statement on Syria, 24th April 2018 Earlier this month, I visited Syria at the invitation of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch. The visit was self-funded and provided an opportunity to meet Christian and Muslim religious leaders, the Speaker of Parliament, MPs from many parts of Syria and opposition MPs, artists, musicians and intellectuals and members of local communities in Damascus, Saidnaya, Maaloula, Homs and Aleppo....

April 24th, 2018

Baroness Cox receives an answer to her written question regarding the Ministry of Defence

Baroness Cox (crossbench) posed a written question to the UK Government regarding the principle of parliamentary scrutiny with relation to operations of the British Special Forces. The response came from Earl Howe (Con), deputy Leader of the HoL. ...

April 3rd, 2018

“We just want to go home to live our own lives” – South Sudan Visit Report

When South Sudan gained independence in 2011, it also inherited a legacy of violence, inequality and poverty. There was little accountability or justice for crimes committed during the previous war, and insufficient reconciliation to tackle unsolved tensions and grievances....

April 1st, 2018

Baroness Cox talks Syria in Parliament

On 29th March 2018 Baroness Cox responded in the HoL to Lord Roberts of Llandudno’s motion that the House take note of the humanitarian crisis in Syria.  Baroness Cox My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Roberts of Llandudno, on securing this very important debate, and his very moving opening speech....
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