Jo Cox knew that that behind the headlines about refugees there are millions of real people. People who have fled their homes because of violence, poverty or disaster on their doorstep - who then walk into a world of uncertainty and often danger.
The reality is that most refugees will never make it to a new country and many will spend years living in a camp like this one, along a border in some far flung country that most Canadians couldn’t place on a map.
The searing images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi have moved through cyberspace and galvanized reaction around the world. People everywhere are shocked and saddened in witnessing the tragedy of a little boy who will never live the long, healthy, happy life he deserved.
It was early August when Pryvthyva’s mom told me – an outsider - her dramatic story. We had stopped by the local village health post as part of an inter-agency tour of earthquake affected communities to see how people are coping almost 4 months later.