Friday, 30 November 2012

Child victims of conflict must not be forgotten

Palestinian medical officials have said that the death toll of around 170 people in Gaza includes between 24 to 34 young children. 

In a statement, the UN committee on the rights of the child warned that the conflict has had a "devastating and lasting impact" on children, with "deep trauma and other psychological effects on children on both sides of the border." 

One young Palestinian boy reported witnessing his brother's decapitation when metal from an Israeli bombing tore off the victim's head as he slept. Diane Araki, chief of the Unicef field office in Gaza, explained that she had witnessed a number of children suffering. 

She said: "I was seeing children who have been injured by the conflict and children on ventilators, children bruised, they were very much suffering." 

Sadly the reality of war and its long-term psychological impacts, as I've learned from Iraq, have a tendency not to appear on the BBC or fall into discussions on life during, or even after, war.

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