A crushing legacy

Profiling a lost generation of children in Gaza:

Yair Lapid’s Friday news magazine program reported on the situation in Gaza’s refugee camps and found, “Six and seven-year olds looking for discarded food and plastic bottles.” A days work–12 hours–might bring them 5 Shekels (about a dollar), but they have no choice but to work to support their families.

Channel 2 reporter Suleiman al-Shafi talked to children between the ages of 6 and 12, who had to leave school to work in Gaza’s trash heaps. One of those kids, Sa’id, told the Israeli camera crew: “We’ve become like the cats and dogs that dig in the trash. I want to go to school like the other kids. I want to go to Israel.”

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