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Study: Older children hit hardest by Gaza war
Published Thursday 20/12/2012 (updated) 23/12/2012 11:33
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Displaced children sit outside a classroom after they fled from their
home to a UN-run school in Gaza City, Nov. 21. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Older children were more affected by Israel's war on the Gaza Strip than younger children, a survey by UNICEF found.

UNICEF worked with the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution and Birzeit University to conduct a rapid psycho-social assessment of children in the hardest-hit areas of the Gaza Strip, four days after the Nov. 21 ceasefire.

Around three-quarters of the children surveyed had witnessed at least four violent events during the 8-day war.

"Older children reported significantly more experience in witnessing violent events, with no difference in exposure between boys and girls. The highest levels of children witnessing violence were found in Gaza City, followed by Khan Younis and north Gaza," UNICEF said in a statement.

Meanwhile, 83 percent reported that their homes were damaged or destroyed in the war. Of those surveyed, 14 percent were injured by Israeli shelling.

Some 94 percent slept with their parents during the war and over three-quarters suffered aches and illness. Nearly all children - 97 percent - felt insecure, and 82 percent felt angry.

Boys reported significantly more fears than girls, while more girls reported physical symptoms.

"It is well known that many of the symptoms related to exposure to violence disappear over time as children get back to normal life. Thus, bringing children back to normality is a priority for action," UNICEF said.
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1 ) Bemused / New Zealand
21/12/2012 01:17
So when is UNICEF going to insist the abnormal siege of Gaza is lifted, the abnormal enforcement of buffer zones in Palestinain lands ceases, the abnormal attacks on fishermen fishing well within the limits as set out in the Oslo Accords stop, and the abnormal targetd assassinations of civilians end, - and the abnormal occupation of Gaza by UN and other aid agencies ends and instead it is permitted the freedom to build its own economy? Maybe then those same children would have a real future.....

2 ) Bob / Canada
21/12/2012 02:47
All this can be prevented. Just tell HAMAS and FATAH to stop the terror.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/12/2012 04:33
'Older children hit hardest by Gaza war' So THAT'S who Israel was targeting. I was wondering.

4 ) Outlier / USA
21/12/2012 16:18
Then maybe Hamas and its terrorist friends should stop inciting it.

5 ) Mel / USA
21/12/2012 16:24
These Gazan children,like their parents and grandparents,have more human COURAGE,DIGNITY,PURITY,MORALITY in their little toes,than IOF thugs will EVER have even with their white-phosphorous,assault weapons,tanks,F-16's,Drones,Hell-Fire missiles,Caterpillar bulldozers,bunker-buster bombs!! These Palestinian children/youth will prevail over barbaric Zionism.Of that I have no DOUBT! Zionism is crumbling & the walls are coming down!These children's rights will prevail over Zionist might! FACT!

6 ) carine / UK
22/12/2012 00:13
Outliar #4, you've got it arse-about-face. It's IOF doing the inciting - get your head out of the sand and look around you!

7 ) AYE (fr) / RAB
22/12/2012 01:07
Psycho-social assessment? that's "haram" according to Islam! They're all supposed to become shahids, no? Does a cult of martyrdom & death have the luxury of suffering from western diagnoses of mental disorders such as stress? PTSD? Anxiety? & etc? Since when? Isn't UNICEF operating beyond it's mandated role? What will they think of spending $$ on next? Dollars UNICEF is very short on since the US funding was cut!
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