Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Trayvon Martin: One of 17 children shot very publicly this month

A child dies every four seconds, according to UNICEF. Fourteen die every minute. Some of their deaths are mourned publicly; many go without attracting any notice at all.

An Afghan woman gestures to the body of a child, who was allegedly killed by a U.S. service member in Kandahar province in Afghanistan on March 11. (Allauddin Khan - AP)
But in three cities across the globe over the past month, 17 children have died in shootings that have shocked the world. In Toulouse, France, three Jewish children were killed outside their school. In Sanford, Fla., an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman. And in Kandahar province in Afghanistan, a U.S. soldier allegedly went on a shooting spree that killed 13 Afghan children.

While we know the names of some of the victims — like Trayvon Martin, whose death in Florida has sparked outrage nationwide — we don’t know all of them. Several days ago, al-Jazeera pointed out that something was missing in the stories about the Afghan children who had died in the shooting: No one had asked their names.

Other stories of violence against children — both real and imagined — have dominated the media this past month. The very viral documentary “Kony 2012” focused on the abduction of thousands of children in Uganda. The just-released fantasy film “The Hunger Games” features children subjected to an annual ritual during which they murder one another. The film “Bully” follows the lives of five children who have been brutalized by classmates over the length of a year.

The Post’s Ann Hornaday writes of the Hunger Games’s essential, and what she calls depraved, premise:

“The number of young people who die pitiless deaths could populate the cast of ‘Glee,’ but only one possesses real moral weight with... the audience.”

Below, we’ve listed the names (and ages, if available) of the 17 children who were killed in the three cities.

Sanford, Fla.

Trayvon Martin, 17

Toulouse, France

Arieh Snyder, 5

Gabriel Snyder, 4

Miriam Monsonego, 7

Kandahar province, Afghanistan

(Ages are not given.)

Mohamed Dawood, son of  Abdullah

Khudaydad, son of Mohamed Juma

Shatarina, daughter of Sultan Mohamed

Zahra, daughter of Abdul Hamid

Nazia, daughter of Dost Mohamed

Masooma, daughter of Mohamed Wazir 

Farida, daughter of Mohamed Wazir

Palwasha, daughter of Mohamed Wazir

Nabia, daughter of Mohamed Wazir

Esmatullah, daughter of Mohamed Wazir

Faizullah, son of Mohamed Wazir

Essa Mohamed, son of Mohamed Hussain

Akhtar Mohamed, son of Murrad Ali 

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