November 20th is celebrated every year as World Children’s Day, a global initiative that emphasizes the importance of promoting the rights, safety, education, health, and overall happiness of children worldwide. However, this year’s observation takes place amidst Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza, where nearly half of the population of 2.3 million is made up of children.
The devastating Israeli attacks since October 7 have resulted in the deaths of at least 5,500 children, as reported by Palestinian officials. This translates to one Palestinian child being killed every 10 minutes on average. Moreover, around 1,800 children are still missing under the rubble, with many feared to be dead. To make matters worse, a staggering 9,000 children have been injured in the conflict so far. Unfortunately, many of these children have already experienced the trauma of multiple wars in their young lives.
An infographic displaying the names and ages of less than half of the children who have been killed in the past six weeks serves as a stark reminder of the devastating impact that this ongoing conflict is having on innocent lives in Gaza. On a day dedicated to celebrating children, it is crucial to acknowledge and address the urgent need for their protection and well-being – particularly in areas affected by conflict and violence.