Where is the condemnation of the war crimes committed against Gaza's children? Where is the international community after all the heart-wrenching images and stories of children trapped under rubble, traumatized by fear, and left orphaned are shared relentlessly online? The media portrays gruesome scenes of violence against these innocent victims, and the world turns a blind eye.
By Zeina Allouche (PhD)
The number of children losing their lives continues to rise, with a devastating toll of approximately 4,000 children killed today and an additional 2,000 children reported as missing under the rubble. Thousands of households have been destroyed, leaving hundreds of thousands of women and children displaced, living in dire conditions.
While publishing this article, the death toll and displacement have gone dramatically up. Tens of children die every day; hundreds more get wounded. It is almost impossible to keep up.
Births occur in crisis circumstances, surgeries are performed without anaesthesia, and displacement offers no protection in the absence of essential services such as water, food, and shelter. It is an absolute disgrace.
These children's experiences go beyond what images can convey; a genocide is undergoing, resulting in profound and multi-dimensional trauma. The most persistent violation is the psychological trauma experienced by these children, leading to lifelong scars.
The deliberate targeting of children is not accidental but intentional, and the violations and potential risks they endure are overwhelming.
To sum up, the (war) crimes committed against them: