World Children’s Day, celebrated annually on November 20, is a global initiative aimed at promoting children’s rights, safety, education, health, and happiness. However, this year’s celebration comes amid Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza. With a population of 2.3 million people, about half of Gaza consists of children. Since October 7th, Israeli attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 5500 children according to Palestinian officials. This translates to one Palestinian child being killed every 10 minutes or roughly one out of every 200 children in the Gaza Strip.
The devastation doesn’t end there as an additional 1800 children are missing under the rubble with most presumed dead. On top of that, over 9000 children have been injured many with life-changing consequences. These statistics serve as a grim reminder that these young lives have been cut short due to the ongoing conflict in their homeland. These children have endured the trauma of multiple wars throughout their young lives.
On World Children’s Day it is crucial to recognize that safeguarding and promoting the rights and safety of all children is not just a matter for Gaza but for all children worldwide. The heartbreaking infographic below lists the names and ages of less than half of the children killed over the past six weeks in Gaza, these statistics serve as a grim reminder of the urgent need to protect and advocate for the rights and well-being of all children regardless of their circumstances.
It is our responsibility as journalists to shed light on this issue and bring attention to it so that action can be taken to ensure that no child goes without basic necessities such as food, water, shelter and education. We must continue to work towards peace so that these innocent lives can be saved from harm’s way.
In conclusion, World Children’s Day serves as an important reminder for us all to come together and do what we can to protect the rights and safety