And when that siren goes off, they only have 15 seconds to find shelter, 15 seconds that separates life from death and no other warning other than these mentally paralyzing sirens. This is the reality that children living in Israel face, sometimes on a daily basis, sometimes many times a day.
Each day, a constant barrage of missiles leaves children terrified of leaving their homes. That was true for many cities and towns in Southern Israel even before Operation Protective Edge got under way. Now it is a reality for most of the country under fire.
On Monday evening two children, sisters from the village of Lakiya in southern Israel, were wounded by a rocket explosion. One of them, 11-year-old Maram Wakili, is in moderate condition after doctors fought around the clock for 3 days to save her life. Her sister Atir is now in light condition.
Our children are constantly alert, ready for danger, and every little noise shakes them up. Many children suffer from all the symptoms of PTSD, and some of them have severe trouble functioning.
In this situation you can help us by supporting our children who have been forced to spend their summer holidays in bomb shelters instead of summer camps.