One of the most inspirational Christians in the UK, Baroness Cox talks to Peter Wooding about the faith that drives her to help others
Baroness Caroline Cox has received countless honours for her tireless dedication to being a voice for the most marginalised people on the planet. And as she approaches 80, she’s showing few signs of slowing down. Her impressive list of honours includes the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, the Wilberforce Award and the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council, amongst many others. Baroness Cox’s advocacy work takes her to some of the most dangerous conflict zones in the world as part of the organisation she has formed named ‘Hart’ (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust).
Even her recent near-death experience in Nigeria last year hasn’t stopped her. She was just minutes away from being ambushed by militant Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria. “These herdsmen had been attacking villages killing Christians, driving them off their land, burning their churches and communities to the ground. We went to some of those villages to see the evidence,” explains Baroness Cox. “Just 30 minutes after we left, the militants gathered and were ready to ambush us. If we’d still been there… well, I might not be here today. “I thank God that the local people didn’t suffer because one’s always worried if you’re in this kind of frontline situation that local people will suffer retaliation because you’ve been there.