Remembrance – for Jo Cox (1974-2016)

After what happened in Birstall today, a normal post was out of the question, so I decided to repost a picture I first posted on Remembrance Day, 2014. Just a few days after the tragic events in Orlando, here in the UK we have just experienced the first murder of a politician since 1990.

Jo Cox was an MP, but also a loving wife and a mother of two young children, who in her short wife did all she could to ease the burden of the underprivileged and downtrodden in many of the worst troublespots of our troubled earth, including Syria, before embarking on what looked like it would be a long and successful career as a politician.

However, her life was cut short today on the quiet streets of her constituency in Yorkshire by a lone gunman with a grudge. What grudge it was we don’t know but the shooting comes after weeks of anguished debate about whether or not we should stay in the European Union, and Jo Cox was someone who believed passionately that we should stay, and also that it is our duty to give help and succour to refugees, and especially to the victims of the war in Syria, not demonise them as many of the exit campaigners have done.

The world will miss her.

Rachel 🕯

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