November 20th marks World Children’s Day, a global initiative that emphasizes the rights, safety, education, health and overall happiness of children worldwide. This year, the observance takes place amidst Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza, where nearly half of the population of 2.3 million is made up of children.
Since October 7th, Israeli attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least 5,500 children as reported by Palestinian officials. On average, 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 with many feared dead. To add to this tragedy, 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.
An infographic that displays 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 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 wellbeing particularly in areas affected by conflict and violence.