Friday, April 8, 2011

Palestinian Child Day marked in Gaza (April 5)

PressTV - Palestinian Child Day marked in Gaza:

Tue Apr 5, 2011 9:48PM
Ashraf Shannon, Press TV, Gaza

"Hundreds of Gazan children and their families attended a celebration marking Palestinian Child Day.

It was a day of fun and activities away from the stress that the children are usually subjected to. Gazan children are deprived of living a normal life because of the Israeli blockade that often prevents children from receiving medicine, school books and certain foods.

Organizers of the event stressed the need for the international community to protect Palestinian children.

Children have been killed, injured, forced to leave their homes, separated from their families, arrested, beaten up, humiliated and harassed on a daily basis by Israel in it's forty plus years of occupation.

Just during the Israeli war on Gaza in late 2008, hundreds of children were either killed or injured.
Children say they are still trying to overcome the trauma of the war.

Gazan mothers who attended the celebration with their children recounted their fears during the war.

Experts say that Gazan children have lost their sense of security because they are constantly exposed to violence due to the ongoing Israeli aggressions.

Two years on from Operation Cast Lead the children of Gaza are still facing enormous challenges as their families struggle to rebuild their lives.

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