Dear Israel, please stop.
Perhaps you haven’t heard and no one has passed along the memo but children are being hurt and killed.
Someone at World Vision said,
“World Vision warns of increasing trauma among Gaza’s children
Posted: Saturday, January 3, 2009, 12:08 (GMT)
As the fighting continues between Israel and Palestinians, a study released less than two weeks ago by international aid agency World Vision has exposed disturbingly high levels of trauma in Gaza’s children even before the latest wave of violence.
More than 16 per cent of children aged 5-15 in North Gaza suffer from nightmares, the majority of which (76.7 per cent) are caused by fear.
Almost 13 per cent of children in the same age range wet the bed, again mostly (70) through fear. Psychological problems, health issues and trauma were also contributing causes, the assessment revealed.
World Vision’s study was released in late December, just prior to the recent outbreak in fighting, and since then staff have seen the situation in children worsen significantly.
“After six days of bombing, the number of children showing signs of trauma is rapidly increasing,” said Mohammad El Halaby, World Vision’s programme manager in North Gaza.
World Vision said the current escalation of violence is unprecedented in both scope and destruction. After weeks of a debilitating blockade of Gaza’s borders, the surge in military violence has had a compounding effect on civilians, particularly children, who suffer emotionally and physically as a result of the violence.
An untold number of children in Gaza and southern Israel live in fear as a
result of the broken ceasefire.”
The path forward is forgiveness and mercy. Your own Law says to love your neighbor and not to plot evil against your neighbor.
Please don’t hurt, terrify and kill children for the sake of political posturing before another election. Please stop.