Children Of The Gaza War

Wednesday 8 July



Children in Gaza and across the border in Israel have lived through three major conflicts in six years. Last summer, more than 500 children were killed in a 51-day war, all but one of them Palestinian. On the Israel side of the border, children lived in constant fear of rocket attacks and gunmen raiding from underground tunnels.

Lyse Doucet follows the lives of children on both sides of the conflict in the midst of the war and through the months that followed, revealing how children born so close are growing further apart with each war.

Michal, 10, lives in the kibbutz of Nahal Oz, less than a mile from the Gaza border, and has grown up with rocket attacks. The film follows the family as they take refuge away from the fighting. When they return, they discover their home has been hit. Days later their neighbour, four-year-old Daniel Tregerman, is killed by a rocket attack.

"It’s so not fair. Your home is supposed to be the safest place in the world for you. But it’s just not true. We can’t just keep running away. It’s not because of us. It’s not because of Gaza kids."
- Michal, 10

Abdurahman, 12, lost 18 members of his family, many of whom had links to Hamas. Abdurahman at first wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and grow up to become a Hamas fighter. The film discovers whether Abdurahman’s grief will drive him to follow that path.

Eilon, 12, lives in Sderot close to the Gaza border, known as ‘the bomb shelter capital of the world’. He was born the year the rocket attacks began. He and his sister, Agam, sleep in a bomb-proof safe-room.

Samar, 12, had taken refuge in a UN school with her parents and four siblings after being told to leave their home by the Israeli military. In the middle of the night, an attack on the school kills her father and leaves her mother in intensive care. The film follows Samar as she tries to rebuild her shattered life with no home and no father.

"We were sleeping when the rocket struck. Then the whole building collapsed on top of us. They had to pull us out of the rubble. What does all this have to do with us?"
- Samar, 12

Presenter: Lyse Doucet
Producer/Director: James Jones
Executive Producer: Lucy Hetherington