Wars, occupation and children emotions

Maryam Alkhawaja
Maryam Alkhawaja
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  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Author, Maryam Alkhawaja, wrote an article according to a real story that could help to share the importance of focusing on SDGs. 


Author: Maryam Alkhawaja


Wars, occupation and children emotions

In this world we are going through a lot of things that could affect our life and change it in a day or a night. Wars are one of the things that could ruin humans lives, whenever I read the news or watch the videos of the tragedies happening all over the world, the first thing I feel that I am concerned about is children, do really children have the strength to face all that ? Children around the world must live their life with no fear, they must find all their basic needs, from having clean food and water, being under a shelter, going to school, and feel safe. But the situation is different in wars or even when you are under an occupation, everything changes, children basic needs that they should get without asking for it, becomes a thing that they ask for it. Ahmad Dawabsheh, is a Palestinian child, he was living with his both parents and his infant brother. In 2015 an Israeli settlers firebombed inside the Palestinian Ahmad Dawabsheh family house while he was with his family sleeping inside the house. In one night, Ahmad Dawabsheh infant brother got burned to death. And his parents martyred suffering from injuries within a weeks. Ahmad Dawabsheh was the only survivor of this holocaust. At that time he was four years old. Ahmad Dawabsheh is suffering from injuries and burns in his body because of the Israeli fire bombing. This story changed Ahmad Dawabsheh life between a day and night, he lost his family, and suffered from injuries and burning all over his body. This story affected Dawabsheh emotionally, imagine seeing your beloved once being burned into death, imagine seeing an infant being burned for death while they were innocent. What about Ahmad Dawabsheh who saw all those things in his eyes. Part of supporting children development is to support their right to feel safe with no violence or assaults, because feeling that will affect our children. We don’t want any of the children around the world to face as what Ahmad Dawabsheh and his family suffered, we want all children to feel safe because it’s their basic right.


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