The ongoing conflict in Gaza has taken a devastating toll on children, with nearly half of the population being affected. Since October 7, Israeli attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 5,500 children, or one child every 10 minutes. In addition to the loss of life, around 1,800 children are still missing under the rubble and many are feared dead. Over 9,000 children have been injured and many of them are facing life-altering consequences as a result of the conflict.
On World Children’s Day, it is crucial to focus on promoting the rights, safety, education, health and overall happiness of children worldwide. This year’s celebration comes amidst a global crisis that highlights the urgent need for protection and well-being of these innocent lives. Children in Gaza have already experienced multiple wars in their short lives and this latest conflict has only added to their trauma. It is essential that we take immediate action to ensure that no more harm comes to these vulnerable young ones.
An infographic displaying the names and ages of less than half of those killed in the past six weeks serves as a stark reminder of the devastating impact that this ongoing conflict has had on children in Gaza. On a day dedicated to celebrating children, it is imperative that we acknowledge and address this urgent need for their protection and well-being. Let us work towards bringing peace to Gaza so that its children can grow up without fear or violence.