No child deserves to witness violence, let alone experience it first hand. The outbreak of hostilities this past summer made last year one of the worst the people of Gaza had ever experienced. As is often the case, it was children who suffered the most.
Seven year-olds in Gaza have already witnessed the atrocities of three wars in their short lives. Issues such as malnutrition, restriction of movement and lack of proper medical care are among the many problems that have been affecting the lives of Palestinian children in Gaza, and the most recent spate of violence has not helped.
World Vision has been working to improve the lives of children in Gaza for many years now, and has stepped up its efforts in response to the recent violence. Many thousands have lost relatives and were made homeless, others have been injured and hundreds of thousands have been left traumatized. World Vision has been working to provide psychological support and to restore some form of normality to the lives of these children.