Charity UNICEF asked children to draw what they think the future of Gaza looks like. Their drawings show that although they have hopes and dreams for the future and that everything will be alright in the end, the damage of war still remains.
So far the conflict between Gaza and Israel has seen the lives of 2000 innocent civilians lost, 500 of which are children and as many as 10,000 injured of which 3000 are children. Through the violence children have lost their homes and family members. This has of course caused psychological distress that is thought to have effected an estimated 400,000 children. UNICEF is trying to combat this by training more than 12,000 teachers to provide support to those that need it the most.
Yosef Al Yazir, 6
This is 6-year-old Yosef Al Yazir. He remembers the last war but says that this one is far worse: “There are a lot of children killed." (Image credits: Aya © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1443/d’Aki)
Kasem Alqerem, 14
14-year old Kasem Alqerem holds his drawing depicting how he see's the future of Gaza. Taken at the school shelter in Gaza City. (Image credits: Doaa © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1444/d’Akii)
9-year old Doaa sitting in a classroom also at the school shelter in Gaza City shows a drawing of how she see's the future of Gaza. The drawing is a happy one with a smiling sun, bright blue sky and people gathering outside a house. (Image credits: Kasem © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1442/d’Aki)
Shahed Dhabba, 10
10-year old Shahed Dhabba shows her drawing for the future of Gaza. Her picture also shows what she and her family witnessed as they fled their family home in Gaza's Shishya neighbourhood. (Image credits: Shahed © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1441/d’Aki)
Aya Abu Asi, 11
11-year old Aya Abu Asi stands in front of a blackboard in the school shelter of Gaza City. Her home was destroyed by heavy bombardment in Gaza’s Shishya neighbourhood. She says that the worst part has been “the people who got killed in the street.” (Yosef © UNICEF/NYHQ2014-1440/d’Aki)