The UAE will host Expo 2020!
  • Arabic
Supported by the UAE National Media Council
We are in the process of developing and improving our website, and we invite you to participate in our brief survey to measure the level of your satisfaction
Satisfaction Survey For UAE Interact Website
رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Children's tears make UN tidal wave

posted on 14/08/2006: 916 views

UAE children are leading the worldwide reaction to the horror taking place in Lebanon, joining their brothers and sisters across the world to express dismay at the failure to halt the killing. Thousands of them have made their feelings known through the UAE-led 'Letters for Peace' campaign, urging the United Nations to intervene and stop the daily massacres of innocent young victims.

Their messages reveal how much they are affected by the daily scenes of dead and wounded on television. A typical participant is seven-year-old Mohamed Salem Basaleeb who wrote to UN secretary-general Kofi Annan saying: "I don't know why Israeli jets are attacking children and killing so many. They are destroying beautiful things. I saw a toy on television and I felt so bad because I couldn't see who it belonged to.

"I've asked my parents to explain what is happening but they can't tell me." Relief funds are growing daily from donations by UAE children of all nationalities who are adding their voices to the regional and international call for end to hostilities against Lebanon. Their letters and postcards to the UN illustrate the extent of their concern, and their commitment to the suffering of youngster of their own age group.

Since the 'Letters for Peace' campaign was launched in the UAE two weeks go, tens of thousands of children have shown solidarity with their counterparts in Lebanon by sending postcards to Kofi Annan and drawing pictures to express their horror at what is happening to their Middle East neighbours.

The volume of mail from UAE children to the UN has been growing daily as they react to the horrific scenes they see on television, demonstrating their commitment to community issues and a willingness to become involved in international events.

"The children in the UAE are sincerely affected by the tragedy in Lebanon," said Ahmed Al Mansoori, coordinator- general of the Watani ('My Homeland) Program which is facilitating the 'Letters for Peace' campaign.

"Their response demonstrates how genuinely they feel about what is happening around them and shows how much they reflect the traditional UAE values of caring, justice, and fairness." Children are prominent in donating cash and kind to Lebanon relief funds - from pocket-money to blankets.

Across the UAE, from Umm Al Qaiwain to Al Ain, thousands of children have shown solidarity with their counterparts in Lebanon, either individually or in groups such as Scouts and members of various social functions.

High school student Fatima Mohamed Al Hayat (16) wrote: "The killing of innocent children makes every human being weep". All we can do is make our voices heard, give whatever we can, and pray that reason will prevail and that the killing is halted." Sheikha Mahmoud - also 16 - said: "I have tears in my eyes as I wish for an end to the suffering. I know that donations and offers of assistance are flooding in, but I wish we could do more. What is happening is senseless." Al Manoori praised the children of the UAE for the strength and spirit they are showing at a time of extreme adversity, saying: "Their strength and spirit are an inspiration to us all. From whatever perspective people see this tragedy - Arab, Muslim, Jew, or Christian - we all share the same feelings from the heart at the death of so many innocent victims.

"The children of the UAE are demonstrating the profound depth of our traditional values by expressing their sincere feelings and standing by their neighbours in a time of need, when justice, decency, and societal values are the priorities irrespective of why the hostilities are being perpetrated.

"The Letter for Peace campaign gives a voice to the children of the UAE and underlines the civilised values of that our nation and our people subscribe to." (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


29 June 2017 Six million beneficiaries from Zayed Giving medical caravans
29 June 2017 Emirates Red Crescent delivers relief aid to underprivileged families in Hadramaut Valley
28 June 2017 UAE youth record 5,000 hours of volunteering during Ramadan
28 June 2017 Over 34,000 children benefit from ERC Eid clothes project
22 June 2017 UAE offers ten ambulances to WHO Country Office in Yemen

Most Read