WASHINGTON, June 17, 2016— World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim issued the following statement today on the murder of UK MP Jo Cox:
“I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the violent death of British MP Jo Cox. She was a passionate advocate for international development who was committed to fighting poverty and injustice.
As an MP, Jo Cox campaigned for the victims of the Syrian civil war with conviction. Prior to that, at Oxfam, while working on maternal and child health, gender, and humanitarian response, she gave a voice to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. It’s especially tragic that a person whose life was characterized by compassion should be the victim of a violent attack. Her death is a great loss to the UK and the international development community at large. My thoughts are with Jo Cox’s family, as well as the British people at this difficult time.”