EMMY AWARD WINNER 2000
PRIME TIME PROGRAMMING
In the last ten years alone, two million children have been killed in wars around
At the beginning of the century, 10% of civilians were casualties of war. In todays
wars, 90% of the casualties are civilians.
At the end of the 20th century, the deliberate targeting and killing of children
has become a crime against humanity.
ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
Since the signing of the Oslo Peace Accord in
1993, the terrorist group Hamas has made suicide bomb attacks on Israeli civilians
often targeting buses and busy shopping districts.
In 1994 Israeli settler
Baruch Goldstein killed 29 Muslims while at prayer in the Abraham Mosque. One
hundred children were present during the massacre and seven children were killed.
The settlers erected a memorial shrine to Goldstein which was destroyed in 1999
by the Israeli government that bans monuments to perpetrators of terrorism.
On March 29th, 2002, during the second Intifada (uprising), a sixteen year
old female Palestinian suicide bomber killed herself and two others at a crowded
Israeli street corner, including a 17 year old Israeli girl. Both girls were high
Israeli Government Council for Communication
The war in Rwanda is the first genocide officially recognized
by the United Nations since the end of World War II. In just three months, 800,000
Tutsi men, women and children were killed. Of the dead, 300,000 were children.
For the first time in modern history,
children as young as eight years old have been accused of participating in the
genocide. As many as 350 boys accused of genocide have been placed in a juvenile
facility and will remain there indefinitely.
After the Tutsi led RPF declared victory, more than 1 million
Hutus fled the country. Approximately 114,000 children were lost or separated
from their families in this panicked migration. In one of the largest tracing
efforts in modern history, humanitarian groups joined together to reunite approximately
33,000 lost children of Rwanda.
An estimated 15,000 children died in this three-year-long civil
An estimated 200,000 people were
killed during the war which also produced 3 million refugees who were forcibly
expelled from their homes by Serbian and Croatian ethnic cleansing.
the Dayton Peace Accord, fewer than 10 percent of refugees were able to return
home. The majority of refugees were displaced throughout the former Yugoslavia
and the world.
On April 10, 1998, 70 percent of the people of Northern
Ireland voted for the landmark Good Friday Peace accord.
Three months after the Peace Accord was signed, in July 1998,
the British government again banned the Protestant Drumcree Parade because of
its routing through Catholic neighborhoods. In response, Protestant paramilitaries
fire bombed 10 Catholic churches and the home of a religiously mixed family, killing
three young boys, aged eight, nine and eleven, as they slept in their beds.
After 19 months of agonizing struggle, in December
1999 Protestant and Catholic politicians finally agreed to a power-sharing government.
The implementation of the Peace Accord once again holds the promise of an end
to violence in Northern Ireland.