Citing personal visits to war torn areas, Rasen MP Sir Edward Leigh has called on the government to better help Children in Conflict.
The MP told parliament both his elder daughters work for charities in Africa and they inform him of their work and of events there.
Sir Edward said a trip to the Congo a few years ago had “a deep impact” on him, seeing the “appalling privations that children face,” including the use of child soldiers, who can both commit and suffer sexual attacks. He also vists the Middle East “occassionally” where there is a “desperate struggle for survival”.
“Education is essential for children and particularly for children in conflict areas,” he said.
Humanitarian donors must make education central to their first response phase and provide primary education in emergency settings.
As Chairman of the Tory Party Backbench Committee on International Development and Trade, Sir Edward helps write policies and he called on his party and Labour to commit to boosting the importance of education in humantarian efforts.
The MP added he has also visited now-troubled Christian villages in Iraq.
“They are being driven from their villages by the Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham, and what is happening to the children does not bear thinking about,” he said.