Children and war
A recent study from Queen's University in Canada found that 98 % of Gaza's children have experienced or witnessed warm trauma. Most children in the Gaza Strip have been tear gassed, have had their homes searched and damaged, and have witnessed shooting, fighting and explosions. Many have been injured or tortured as a result of chronic war that spans generations. According to the study, a child in Gaza who has had a severe head injury has 4 times the risk of emotional disorder. A child who has been severely beaten has 3.9 times the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A child who has witnessed friends injured or killed has 13 times the risk of post traumatic stress disorder. A child in a refugee camp has 5 times a greater chance of witnessing traumatic events and 4 times a greater chance of direct physical trauma. Children comprise 47 %of Gaza's population and are extremely vulnerable. The conclusion was that the international community is neglecting these youngsters, that somehow Palestinian children don't deserve the protections guaranteed under the Geneva Convention and humanitarian law. Somehow, the leaders of countries must remember that where we drop our bombs, plant our land mines, and aim our guns, is where children are born, play, and go to school. Regardless of whatever political persuasion you may have, I'm certain you cringe like I do when you see a mother rock a dead child in her arms. This shouldn't happen to babies, but it always has. It doesn't have to be this way, does it?
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