Children’s Day: Let us not forget the children of war-torn countries

World Children's Day is commemorated on November 20. It is a day dedicated to all the world's children. It is an occasion to remember that all children have the right to health, education and protection, regardless of where they are born.

World Children’s Day is commemorated on November 20. It is a day dedicated to all the world’s children. It is an occasion to remember that all children have the right to health, education and protection, regardless of where they are born.

 

Why is World Children’s Day celebrated?

 

Dedicating a World Children’s Day to children serves as a global call to action on the needs of the world’s youngest children and to recognize the work of the people who work every day to ensure that children have a better future.

 

UNICEF is the leading international organization working to protect children’s rights and make a real difference in the lives of millions of children. Its work is based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted on November 20.

 

On Children’s Day, UNICEF joins the international community in promoting and defending children’s rights.

 

What is the purpose of this celebration?

 

World Children’s Day is an ideal opportunity for adults in all countries to learn about children’s rights and to remember the importance of working together for the well-being of all the world’s children.

 

It is also a good day to learn about ways to work together with the most vulnerable children to ensure that their rights are recognized and to guarantee their well-being and development.

 

Principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

 

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is based on 4 fundamental principles:

 

  1. Non-discrimination. All children have the same rights, regardless of their skin color, religion, origin or the ideas of their parents.
  2. Best interests of the child. Any decision, law or policy that may affect a child must take into account what is best for the child.
  3. Right to life, survival and development. All children have the right to live and to reach their full potential in life.
  4. Child participation. Children and adolescents have the right to be consulted on situations that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account.

 

Gaza and Israel: The cost of war on children

 

“The true cost of the violence in Gaza and Israel will be measured in children’s lives: those lost because of the violence and those forever changed because of it,” UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell recently stated.

 

According to Russell, by the end of October, three weeks after the horrific terrorist attack inside Israel and the start of the daily bombardment of the Gaza Strip, the devastating death toll in Israel and Gaza is leaving horrific figures. According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, more than 2,700 Palestinian children have been killed and nearly 6,000 injured, a shocking average of more than 480 child casualties per day.

 

On the other hand, more than 30 Israeli children are reported to have been killed, while at least 20 remain hostage in the Gaza Strip, their fate unknown.

 

On the devastating effects of the war on children on both sides of the conflict, Catherine Russell states: “Even when the fighting stops, the cost to children and their communities will be borne for generations to come. War not only kills people; it kills possibility, slamming the door shut on what might have been. Children who have lost their lives will not grow up to be the people their communities needed them to become. Children who survive could see their lives irrevocably altered through repeated exposure to traumatic events. Violence and upheaval can induce toxic stress, which can interfere with physical and cognitive development and cause mental-health problems in both the short and long term. Even before this latest escalation, more than 816,000 children in Gaza—three-quarters of its entire child population—were identified as needing mental-health and psychosocial support.”.

 

From 3Love Inc. we call for peace and a ceasefire in this and all conflicts. In every war, as long as the lives of so many children are lost, it is humanity that loses forever.

 

By: Juan Carlos Ugarelli

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