At least 11,500 sets of children’s clothes were laid out at Bournemouth Beach in the United Kingdom (UK) in memory of children killed in the Gaza Strip since the October 7, 2023, Israel-Hamas War.
Led By Donkeys, a political campaign group, on Monday, February 5, created a memorial using tops and bottoms of children’s garments along a five-kilometer sand stretch, highlighting the human cost of conflict.
A team of 80 individuals spent five hours laying the clothes from near Branksome Chime to Bournemouth Pier.
“Israel has killed over 11,500 Palestinian children in Gaza and the West Bank since October 7th, when 36 Israeli children were killed. It’s impossible to imagine that number. This is what it looks like. A line 5km long,” the group wrote on X on Tuesday, February 6.
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Organiser James Sadri told Bournemouth One radio, “If you were to walk this line it would take you an hour to walk past 5km of children who’ve been killed – and that should be a wake-up call for all of us.
“We’re trying to communicate the scale of the killing – you cannot communicate that by writing a number in an article or saying it in a news bulletin, you have to see it, you have to feel it.”
The clothes are scheduled to be taken removed, cleaned, and subsequently donated to charities and second-hand shops.
Israel launched a devastating offensive on Gaza following a Hamas attack on October 7, resulting in the deaths of more than 27,500 Palestinians and injuries of 66,978 Israelis.