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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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FAQs: Fragile states and the global burden of poverty
Apr 20, 2015

FAQs: Fragile states and the global burden of poverty

Not many people have heard of fragile states — but they are considered ground zero for the future of extreme poverty. Our fragile states expert, Jonathan Papoulidis, answers questions about how country fragility affects children in poverty and how countries can overcome these challenges.

The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - 2015 in Sendai, Japan
Mar 20, 2015

Cyclone Pam lends urgency to call for leaders in Sendai to tackle impact of disasters on children

World Vision will take its case, bolstered by the destructive force of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, for prioritizing the needs of children in humanitarian disasters to the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - 2015 in Sendai, Japan.

Children enjoy a nutritious meal at a World Vision program in Rwanda. PHOTO: World Vision / Ilana Rose
Mar 10, 2015

World Vision joins with other aid organizations to urge Congress to fund important work tackling poverty around the world

World Vision joins more than 150 other aid organizations in calling on Congress to support U.S funding to help reduce poverty around the world.

Panorama image taken by NASA of lights on earth at night, focusing on the European/Middle East area. Since this photo was taken on November 27, 2000, Syria's lights have dimmed significantly due to war. PHOTO: Courtesy http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Mar 11, 2015

Eighty-three percent of Syria's lights extinguished after four years of crisis

Analyzing satellite images, scientists based at Wuhan University in China, in co-operation with the #withSyria coalition of 130 non-governmental organizations, have shown that the number of lights visible over Syria at night has fallen by 83% since March 2011.

Mohammed is in sixth grade and enjoys football (soccer). His favorite position is goalkeeper. "The thing I miss the most about Syria, he says, is my home. I miss my relatives, neighbors and friends." PHOTO: ©2015 Suzy Sainovski / World Vision
Mar 12, 2015

New poll finds most Americans still unaware of severity of Syria crisis

As the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year, a new poll finds most Americans still have no idea how many people have been affected by the violence. The reality is that more than 3 million Syrian refugees now make up the largest refugee population in the world.

Hoda, 4, at right, and her brother Khalil, 5, are Syrian refugees living in the Bekaa valley in an informal tented settlement. As he stands in the snow in worn slippers, Khalil explains: “I don’t have a father or a mother. My grandma takes care of us.” Khalil spends his days watching over his younger sister, whom he gave his only pair of boots. PHOTO: World Vision / Ralph Baydoun
Mar 12, 2015

Aid agencies give UN Security Council a 'fail grade' on Syria

Aid agencies today released a scathing critique of the UN Security Council powers, detailing how they have failed to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Syria amid intensifying conflict four years after the start of the crisis.

Feb 12, 2015

Nutrition training empowers mother to keep her child nourished

When Fiston Kengawe was just 14 months old, his grandmother took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. World Vision works to help children suffering from malnutrition but also trains and educates families how to better feed and care for children like Fiston.

South Sudan: Former child soldiers released, long road to recovery begins
Feb 12, 2015

South Sudan: Former child soldiers released, long road to recovery begins

An estimated 3,000 child soldiers are expected to be released by a rebel group in South Sudan in the coming month. These children must undergo a complex rehabilitation process in order to recover from the horrors they have experience.

 

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