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Children in Israeli Warzones

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Uploaded on Jan 10, 2009

ZHANG:
The armed conflict continues in Gaza today, and Hamas rockets are still firing into southern Israel. Among the many victims are children suffering from anxiety disorders. How are they coping? Our Israeli correspondent shows us.

STORY:
This is the Kibutz of Gvaram, located in the south of Israel, 4.5 kilometers from Gaza. It has been hit by many Kasam Missiles. Children have been transferred to shelters where most of their activities are entertainment with clowns, shows, and enrichment classes. Representatives of the Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority are going through the shelters, showing the children activities with animals.

[Uri Naveh, Nature and National Parks Protection Authority]:
The Nature Reserves Authorities main aim is to educate people about nature preservation. If we cant do it outside in the field, we will do it here every day of the year even in days like these.

In this kindergarten the children usually prepare hallahs (twisted bread) for Shabbat, but today they have decided to bake cakes with greetings for the soldiers.

Sigal Shaani, a mother of three, says her children are experiencing all kinds of fears from the Kasams missiles.

[Sigal Shaani, Kibbutz Gvaram]:
I can define it in two words, which sum it all up ongoing anxiety. Since the war began, our bedroom has become a mattress room. The children are literally jumping into our arms whenever there is a red alert and hug us like monkeys.

[Gal Shaani, Sigals Daughter]:
It is stressful to hear booms all the time and you dont know what will happen eventually.

Sigal says that all and all the situation of the families in Gaza is not any easier than her own situation.

[Sigal Shaani, Kibbutz Gvaram]:
They have children too, they also dont sleep at night. Maybe it is time to put an end to it on both sides.

NTD, Israel.

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