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Child Soldiers

Around the world, an estimated 250,000 children—some as young as 7—are involved in armed conflicts. Children are exploited in state-run armies, paramilitaries, and rebel groups. Coerced, enticed or abducted, these children serve as combatants, porters, spies, human mine detectors and sex slaves; their health and lives are endangered and their childhoods are sacrificed.

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PHOTO: World Vision/Enda Balina
Nov 20, 2014

House passage of Girls Count Act furthers U.S. commitment to help children

World Vision applauds the House of Representatives’ passage of the Girls Count Act on Wednesday

As G20 Summit ends, World Vision urges global leaders to to implement concrete measures to achieve inclusive economic growth while eliminating human rights abuses.
Nov 17, 2014

Meeting the G20’s growth target: Not at the expense of children

As G20 Summit ends, World Vision urges global leaders to to implement concrete measures to achieve inclusive economic growth while eliminating human rights abuses. 

More than 4,000 people are taking refuge at the airport of Bangui, the capital city of Central African Republic. PHOTO: World Vision / Bruno Col
Nov 13, 2014

As conflict drags on, children in Central African Republic suffering the most, says new report

More than 4,000 people are taking refuge at the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic. The airport is heavily protected by French and African forces, giving families some assurance of safety from the rampant conflict. 

As the world's leaders met for the 2011 G20 Summit in Cannes, France, World Vision urged the G20 countries to remember "the real 99 percent" — 99 percent of children under 5 who die each year of preventable deaths live in developing countries. PHOTO: World Vision / Laura Blank
Nov 12, 2014

G20 must deliver for the most vulnerable

World leaders must look beyond GDP growth numbers to the human impact of their economic reform commitments, World Vision said Wednesday. Global policy makers should ensure those at risk of being excluded from the benefits of growth are not left behind.

Sierra Leone: Ebola closes schools, imperils students’ future
Nov 6, 2014

Sierra Leone: Ebola closes schools, imperils students’ future

Schools are closed in Sierra Leone because of the Ebola virus. Twelve-year-old Zainab worries about falling behind in learning. She and her mother say children may become dropouts or child brides if they are out of school for long.

Drought and food insecurity could lead to another famine in Somalia.
Oct 16, 2014

Somalia on brink of famine again as world celebrates World Food Day, says World Vision

Somalia is on the brink of famine again, as the world celebrates World Food Day.

Child soldier prevention law: Partial enforcement lets some offending countries off the hook
Oct 2, 2014

Child soldier prevention law: Partial enforcement lets some offending countries off the hook

Through a loophole in the 2008 Child Soldier Prevention Act, the Obama administration is opting to issue waivers to some offending countries rather than hold them accountable for actively recruiting or using children in their armed forces.

Former child soldiers being retrained with a marketable skill at World Vision's Rebound Centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo. PHOTO: ©2013 Kayla Robertson / World Vision
Sep 30, 2014

Some progress made on protecting potential child soldiers

Today the U.S. released the list of countries that will lose military assistance in 2015 because of their use of child soldiers. However, military aid to continue to flow to some countries actively recruiting or using children in their armed forces.

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