In the midst of Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza, the world marks World Children’s Day on November 20. This global initiative aims to promote the rights, safety, education, health and overall happiness of children worldwide. However, this year’s observation is tinged with sadness as nearly half of the population of 2.3 million in Gaza is made up of children.
Since October 7th, devastating Israeli attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 5,500 children. This means that an average of one Palestinian child has been killed every 10 minutes, highlighting the severity of the situation. Furthermore, around 1,800 children are still missing under the rubble and many are feared dead. On top of that, a staggering 9,000 children have been injured, with many facing life-altering consequences as a result of the conflict. Sadly, many of these children have already experienced the trauma of multiple wars in their short lives.
The heartbreaking reality of the situation is further highlighted in an infographic that displays the names and ages of less than half of the children who have been killed in the past six weeks. This serves as a stark reminder of the devastating impact that ongoing conflict is having on innocent lives in Gaza. On a day dedicated to celebrating children it is essential to acknowledge and address their urgent need for protection and well-being particularly in areas affected by conflict and violence.