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Teenager takes battle for peace in Syria to politicians
A TEENAGE campaigner has taken her battle for peace in Syria to the Government with a 50,000-name petition calling on politicians to act.
Emma Wood, 18, from Newton-le-Willows, near Bedale was one of a group of ambassadors from Oxfam who met Foreign Office ministers and handed over the Love Syria petition.
Collected at festivals over the summer it urges the UK Government to use their global influence to help deliver peace talks in November.
Miss Wood said the group asked ministers to do everything they could to make the peace talks happen.
She added: “An entire generation of children and young people has been living with violent conflict for over two years. This is just not fair.
"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.
"Far too many have witnessed the tragic loss of loved ones, the destruction of homes and homeland, and exclusion from education and development."
Miss Wood, who attended Bedale High School and Queen Elizabeth College in Darlington is studying law at Bristol University, she joined Oxfam’s education for all campaign when she was 14 .
Along with the petition ministers were also handed a video showing highlights of the campaign and artwork with messages written by the UK public calling for action over Syria.
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