because the air and sea blockage of the territory prevents vital supplies
getting through, a situation the UN considers to be a denial of basic human
rights and a contravention of international law.
These children live in daily fear of attack and play in bombed
out streets, with no secure water and that which is available is
no longer fit for human consumption, no proper sanitation and no
real hope for the future.
One eight year old boy from Gaza put the child situation there
succinctly "Let the world come and see our situation. Our
children who are thrown in the school classrooms sitting on the
floor, they have no shelter, no food, no water, no electricity.
Is this life? This is siege, this is the biggest siege, the
greatest siege by Israel. I am telling the world to watch us and
see how we are living.
"We never play, we never
laugh or learn, and we never watch kids programs. I turn on the
TV and all I see is martyrs' funerals, shooting and death, war
and tanks and incursion, I don't find any children programs to
enjoy and learn from. I don't find any cartoons I can watch and
have fun, its all funerals, lifting martyrs and shooting. here
we don't have any food, any water, anything. We are sitting here
like beggars. Let the world see other nations, how they are
enjoying their lives and laughing. We have suffered a blockade
for years now."