By Zainah El-Haroun
In the words of Kyung-wha Kang, UN Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian affairs:
“Every seven-year old girl and boy in the Gaza Strip today has lived their entire life under siege. This is their third major conflict and humanitarian catastrophe…They deserve to know more than war and siege.”
Approximately half of the Gaza Strip’s 1.8 million residents are children. After the latest crisis, according to the UN, 1,462 civilians have been killed. Children make up 495 of the dead, now reduced to cold statistics and body counts. Around 108,000 people have had their homes completely destroyed or severely damaged. The question that we have to ask ourselves is – why has it come to this?