Published on 6 Aug 2014

Finding Niema – a symbol of Gaza’s child victims

The ceasefire here in Gaza has offered the chance to grasp some moments of hope.

Ten days ago three-year-old Niema became a heart-breaking symbol of the impact of Israel’s offensive on the children of Gaza.

Jon Snow, cameraman Stuart Webb and producer Julie O’Connor found the girl Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital with the tell-tale bruising around her eyes of a fractured skull.

Niema had been thrown in the air by a missile said her family.

Today, at the other end of Gaza, we found her at her grandmother’s house in Raffah.

She seems astonishingly well. She was with her parents and sister playing, communicating, and even smiling.

However, as ever, appearances can be deceptive.

Niema’s father told me that the doctors say she has a complex skull fracture and needs reconstructive surgery. They want to get her out of the country to a hospital in Germany.

Our time with her will be on tonight’s Channel 4 News at seven.

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14 reader comments

  1. safina says:

    What can we do to help from here?

  2. Y.S. says:

    It was nauseating to see the interview by KGM with an Israeli that somehow the Palestinions did not care about their children. It is Israel who kills them in schools, hospitals and homes.
    If only the Israelis stoped stealing Palestinion lands, killing them, treating them like third class and blockading Gaza by land , sea and air.
    As for peace talks, they want to keep the Jordan Valley thats means they will be blockading West Bank too.
    Hamas – stop firing rockets, they are useless find another way to resist, economic would be better.

  3. Peter says:

    How can we donate to help this little girl get to Germany?

  4. Sangeeta Solanki says:

    Well done for your reporting. Your news is the only news I have ever trusted, and trust now. And you should feel proud that you are doing such a good job.

  5. Shak says:

    So sad yet these poor children need medical care some even need families to look after them who will they turn to?

  6. Amy says:

    I have felt completely overwhelmed with sorrow and helplessness watching the suffering of the Palestinians.
    I think anyone feeling as I do should sign the HM petition to get wounded Gazan children to the UK for medical treatment,its the least we can do to help.

  7. Sophie Charman-Blower says:

    Thank you for posting this update on Niema. I have a 2 and a half year old daughter myself and I am so happy she is improving. A long way to go though. Thank you as well for your ongoing coverage of the situation in Gaza.

  8. Laurie says:

    Why are you only reporting news stories from Gaza? There are also children suffering in Israel. This most recent bout of conflict began with the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers yet you demonise Israel by only reporting from one side of the conflict. I’m ashamed of you.

    1. Ray says:

      With all due respect, but has your memory been affected by your clear bias towards Israel? When the tragic kidnap and murder of the 3 Israeli teens residing on illegally occupied West Bank territory occurred, there was MASS news and social media coverage and a bogus “#BringBackOurBoys” campaign was there not? This was despite now knowing Israeli officials kept the news of these teens being killed by an independent cell of idiotic people and NOT Hamas and using this tragic incident to build up tension as a means to justify the war crimes being committed today.
      The bottom line is, Israel cannot expect a people under seige to sit back and accept the atrocities being committed against them without resisting and then be upset that 1 out of 10 of these puny homemade missiles makes some noise in the distance and scares Israeli citizens living in homes once belonging to the very people it is depriving of food, water, electricity, medical aid and the very human rights you and I take for granted. Come back to humanity Laurie. The Muslims, Jews and Christians are NOT enemies, rather they lived peacefully side by side for many a year until the enemy of these religions (zionism) reared it’s ugly head into existence. Peace and love.

      1. H. Adams says:

        Well said Ray .. thank you. the zionist propaganda machine is exposed.. No excuse whatsoever for inhumanity especially when done by an army that claims to be the most civilised in the world.. unfortuatelly the propaganda machine is trying to link anyone who is pro-humanity to antisemitism.

    2. Nabilah Haq says:

      Because there is no proof

  9. Hollie pons says:
  10. Anthony Campbell says:

    Great reporting as ever Channel 4. You are a leading light for many.

  11. Henry Jefferies says:

    Thanks, Krishnan, and to your colleagues on Channel 4 News for keeping us so well informed about developments in Gaza. You are doing great work. I only wish I could do something to help. It is a terrible feeling to know that children and innocent people are being slaughtered mercilessly and no European government has the guts to condemn the killers. I am sick of hearing Netanyahu justify the murder of children in schools, in hospitals and their homes. He ought to be on trial for war crimes.

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