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.
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.
Trayvon Martin, 17
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