Every year on November 20, the world celebrates World Children’s Day, a global initiative aimed at promoting the rights, safety, education, health, and overall happiness of children worldwide. This year’s observance takes place in the midst of Israel’s ongoing conflict with Gaza, where nearly half of the population of 2.3 million is made up of children.
Since October 7th, devastating Israeli attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 5,500 children as reported by Palestinian officials. This means that an average of one Palestinian child has been killed every 10 minutes, highlighting the severity of the situation. Furthermore, around 1800 children remain missing under the rubble with many feared dead. On top of that, nearly 9000 children have been injured with many facing life-altering consequences as a result of the conflict. Sadly, these children have already experienced trauma from multiple wars in their short lives.
The infographic released displaying the names and ages of less than half of the children killed in six weeks serves as a stark reminder of how this ongoing conflict is affecting innocent lives in Gaza. It is crucial to acknowledge and address the urgent need for their protection and well-being on this day dedicated to celebrating children.