Teenage peace campaigner takes Syria petition to Foreign Office
A Lincolnshire teenager took a Syria peace campaign petition to the Government in London yesterday.
Oxfam campaigner Charlotte Stone, from Burgh le Marsh near Skegness, was part of a deputation who went to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the capital.
The 19-year-old joined volunteers from the charity in a bid to urge Ministers to do everything they can to ensure peace in stricken Syria.
Charlotte was with Oxfam campaigners from all over the country who met with Hugh Robertson, the Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa.
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He accepted a 50,000-name petition collected throughout the summer at UK festivals.
The Love Syria petition calls 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.
Charlotte said: "I was at both the Bestival and the Isle of Wight festival this summer, as well as in my local community during the same period when the Syria crisis reached a critical peak in August.
"I volunteered as an Oxfam festival campaigner.
"It was really interesting as we had to speak to festival-goers about the complex situation in Syria in a fun and interactive way.
"Asking people to show their solidarity for Syria through photos and messages worked really well and the response from people was so enthusiastic.
Mr Robertson saw a short film showing the highlights of the campaign and a giant piece of artwork which was made up of messages written by the UK public across the summer.
He said: "I welcome Oxfam's initiative which shows just how much support there is for those suffering in Syria.
"That is why the UK is leading international efforts on the humanitarian response by pledging an extra £100 million to help get essentials such as food, water and medicine to Syrian people in dire need.
"The UK's total funding for Syria and the region is now half a billion pounds, the largest total sum the UK has ever committed to a single crisis.
"At the same time we are also working hard towards finding a political solution which will bring an end to this brutal and bloody conflict."