Children of Gaza under Fire, Oxford, 19th-31st Jan

As I wait with bated breath to hear if the Viva Palestina aid convoy reaches the still bombed-out, overpopulated, and beseiged patch of land that is Gaza, I can't help but think what it must be like to be a young child growing up there.

One year on from Operation Cast Lead, a new report accuses not just Israel but the international community as a whole for betraying the people of Gaza.

With their homes and livelihoods destroyed in a vicious bombing campaign last January, the 1.5 million people of Gaza are still being denied food, healthcare, water and building materials needed to live in dignity.  The Gaza blockade is cruel and immoral.  AIUK Director Kate Allen said in response to the report that 'Israel's responsibility to protect its citizens does not give it the right to punish every man, woman and child of Gaza.'

So what about the children, who are growing up starving and neglected, with no medical care and their schools in ruins?

An exhibition of photographs and children’s art responding to theBombardment of Gaza last year, including Rod Cox’s collection of children’sdrawings, “Loss of Innocence”, is exhibiting around the UK, and finds itself in Oxford (my home town!) this January, details below:

Oxford Town Hall
Tuesday 19th – Sunday 31st January 2010
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm   Sun 24th 10am-4pm    Sun 31st 10am-2pm

(There's a talk on the 19th at 7.30pm too, see the above poster.)

Please come, and bring your children, your school classes, your university groups.  

Reviews of the Exhibition
 “Very powerful – every picture tells a story – these stories must beheard…”;  “Very affecting and educational and accessible”;  “Hard notto feel powerless, but the children are an inspiration”;  “It was suchan important exhibition for the children – and the adults to see. Don’t miss it”.

More Information:  www.nowpeace.org.uk/gaza.htm

 

Helle

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