A conference under the name of “children and war: past and present” was held lately in Salzburg University in Austria. Waed Ayyash, a representative from “Wadi Hilweh Information Center” and Francesca Bombay who was representing “War Child, Holland” participated in the conference.
Waed and Francesca gave a presentation about the lives of children in Silwan who are exposed to daily violations that contradict with the international laws and norms. The presentation started with showing a short documentary film on the lives of children who live in Silwan where each child talked about his suffering. Waed, who is an Occupational Therapist in Madaa Center, talked about the village of Silwan and the suffering of its children and residents and the psychological effect of arrests on the children; she also gave a brief on the work of Madaa Center and Wadi Hilweh Information Center.
Francesca explained in her lecture the methods of arresting children in Silwan, noting that most of the arrests are performed at night after the Israeli forces raid the child’s house and take him alone in the police car and then onto the investigation rooms where the first investigation is conducted without the presence of any of his parents, not to mention their situation in the cells, stressing that it is incompatible with the international laws to protect the rights of the children.
Several lecturers, researchers and specialized people in children affairs also participated in the conference along with representatives from human and legal international institutions.