Saturday, 19 December 2009

Children of Gaza

See HERE for an insightful and moving report on the effects of Israel's military assualt - which began on 27 December 2008 - on the children of Gaza.

The 23-day war in numbers (statistics from the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme):

• 1,420 Palestinians killed, 446 of them children

• 5,320 injured, 1,855 of them children

• 4,000 houses destroyed; 16,000 houses damaged

• 94.6% of children aged six-17 heard the sound of sonic jetfighters; 91.7% of them heard shelling by artillery; 92% saw mutilated bodies on TV

• 80% were deprived of water or electricity; 50.7% left home for a safer place

• 25.9% report one symptom of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; 39.3% report more than one symptom; 9.8% report full criteria of PTSD

Join the vigil - end the siege of Gaza - on 27 December outside Israeli Embassy in London. See HERE for more.

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