Clothing representing children killed in Israel-Gaza conflict creates moving memorial in Gloucester


Clothes have been displayed in Gloucester city centre today in memorial to the thousands of children killed in the Israel-Gaza conflict. Volunteer organisers called on the public as they passed by to stop for a while and take in the impact of children's clothes, the title of the memorial titled Children's Clothes Memorial, which is making a tour of the UK.

Throughout the day at Kings Square 2,000 sets of clothing have been laid each representing seven children killed as a result of the ongoing conflict. Figures by Save the Children UK say that since the Hamas attack on October 7 and subsequent response by the government of Israel, 33 children have been killed in Israel, more than 13,800 children in Gaza and 113 in the West Bank.

The organisers behind the clothes are from women of different religions, no religion, race and backgrounds. They said they decided to come together to extend solidarity and love to mothers who have lost their children during the conflict. All are mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts who say they are "heartbroken by the loss of life in the Israel-Gaza conflict."

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The clothes laid out at Kings Square in the city
The clothes laid out at Kings Square in the city -Credit:Will Luker

Hoping that it will encourage people to join in supporting calls for a ceasefire, Halima Malek, 47, is Community Producer for Strike a Light. As a Gloucester resident since the age of five, Halima wants to see a ceasefire.

"How long can this go on? Halima said. "What do these deaths represent and what are they for? We've had a lot of marches in Gloucester and we've had representations from so many communities standing in solidarity such as Jewish, Christian, transgender and the LGBTQ+ community because this a humanitarian cause and we can bring lots of communities together."

Describing the exhibition as beautiful, lots of members of the public have been coming to see the exhibition throughout the day. Halima says two elderly gentleman came to see and left with tears in their eyes.

Halima adds: "There is more than we can do and we need to call out Islamophobia and Antisemitism but it needs to be done in the right way and not to stop people talking. We should be respectful and I count the Jewish community as my brothers and sisters because we're all from the same Abrahamic faith. For me this is all about humans coming together to stop the genocide and the killings in the name of war."