Only the dead have seen the end of war

               A child, according to the UN principles on which the Declaration of Rights for the Child is based, should be granted the right to equality without distinction on account of race, religion or national origin, the right to special protection for the his/her physical, mental and social development, the right to a name and a nationality, to adequate nutrition, housing and medical services, to special education and treatment when physically or mentally handicapped, to understanding and love by parents and society, to recreational activities and free education, to be among the first to receive relief in all circumstances, to protection against all forms of neglect, cruelty and exploitation, to be brought up in a spirit of understanding, tolerance, friendship among peoples, and universal brotherhood.
 
Given these 10 basic rights, we conclude that the child in the picture had certainly a name, family and nationality; he was most likely loved by his family (he is wearing a blazer, like a real Yemeni) but, because of his nationality, was killed in Bani Matar, Yemen, on Friday April 3 2015 under airstrikes of the Saudi led coalition.

We conclude that this child was not granted any of aforementioned rights: he was not loved by society, will never enjoy recreational activities, will not be provided with free education, has definitely not witnessed any spirit of understanding, tolerance, friendship, universal brotherhood.

It is about time, hence, we either work full-force to implement a civilised society where wars are not the biggest industry or we stop lying to children. And to ourselves.
We must inform children that they do come to life, yes, may be given a name and a nationality and love from a family. But that is where it ends. The rest is hell as, so far, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” (George Santayana)
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