Adam Borowski

A Plan for the Children of Rafah

Some 600,000 children packed into Gaza’s Rafah city face “further catastrophe,” UNICEF warns. Now, I know there are millions of people around the world telling, screaming at, the IDF what to do or what not to do. I’m not going to be another pontificating voice, moralizing from afar. It would be foolish of me to believe a blog post of a Polish citizen thousands of miles away can impact the military planning of a sovereign state.

So, instead of condemning and screaming, let’s come up with the worst-case-scenario strategy for the children stuck in Rafah. What can be done and what is going to have to be done if an all-out military assault on Rafah commences and around 600.000. children are going to be faced with a potential demise? This seems like a major human trafficking operation to me. We must prevent as many psychopaths from preying on these children as possible. When it comes to coping with trauma, it might be already too late for some of the children. They are scarred for life. But, at least they are alive.

I don’t like the word hope. Or thoughts and prayers. Or expressing deep concern. I understand they are used a lot in international relations but it’s best not to use them at all when so many children are facing death. There are moments when – instead of using such tragicomical cliches – one ought to take action and help or shut up. Easier said than done in a world where so many self-absorbed fools are convinced they are entitled to an opinion and the world must stop and bend to their will. No, the world won’t bend to your will, unless you’re God. Even having to clarify that boggles the mind.



About the Author
Adam Borowski is a technical Polish-English translator with a background in international relations and a keen interest in understanding how regime propaganda brainwashes people so effectively. He's working on a novel the plot of which is set across multiple realities. In the novel, he explores the themes of God, identity, regimes, parallel universes, genocide and brainwashing. His Kyiv Post articles covering a wide range of issues can be found at