UNICEF has begun a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers unexploded devices pose to children after the war in Lebanon
Michael Bociurkiw, a UNICEF spokesperson who has spent the past three years in
In July alone, 38 children have been killed.. This has almost been the highest number of children killed since the beginning of the Intifada. The death toll among children has risen since April as a result of an increase in air attacks, assassinations and invasions of refugee camps on the part of the Israel Army.
The Save the Children Alliance, in a statement released in London, on Tuesday, expressed its deep concern about the continuing humanitarian crisis in
It also stressed the issues raised by UNICEF – the urgency of the situation in
"Approximately 3400 Palestinians have sought shelter in temporary facilities across
It urged the international community to recognize the need to protect civilians, especially children, and to guarantee access by humanitarian agencies to the children and families affected by the current humanitarian crisis.
UNICEF has begun a campaign in
UNICEF spokesperson, Wivina Belmonte, said on Wednesday: "We are starting to do TV and radio spots as of today, handing out leaflets to people who are crossing the border from Syria into Lebanon going back into areas that have been bombed and shelled, where there are pieces of debris that are still of great danger to people".
A similar campaign by UNICEF is under way in
"Kids are typically exposed to violence, for example shelling, gunfire and unexploded ordnance, when they go to and from school. Many times schools are also hit during the school year."
He said the agency was very concerned as well about "invisible injuries" – the trauma inflicted on children – and is counseling them, their parents and other care givers.
The death of a child in south Lebanon on Monday underscored the danger of unexploded ordnance – the shells, bombs and land mines that failed to go off during the combat, but which can easily be triggered by a slight movement.