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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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A girls' school in Pakistan. PHOTO: World Vision / Asif Raza
Dec 16, 2014

Schools should be havens for children, who deserve peace and protection

World Vision joins with millions around the world in mourning the loss of so many children in Pakistan today, whose potential and bright futures are now lost to their community, country and the world.

Dr. Anne Peterson with World Vision testifies at a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Ebola Wednesday.
Dec 15, 2014

World Vision health expert testifies at Senate hearing on Ebola

Dr. Anne Peterson, a public health expert who recently returned from West Africa, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on gaps in the Ebola response and how local partners could better connect with the interfaith effort to stem the disease.

Forced into sexual slavery by poverty
Dec 12, 2014

Forced into sexual slavery by poverty

For Mao, poverty turned an innocent sleepover at a friend’s house into enslavement in Cambodia’s sex trade.

Birth registration bill much closer to becoming law
Dec 5, 2014

Birth registration bill much closer to becoming law

On November 19, the House of Representatives passed the Girls Count Act, thanks to the dedicated advocacy of World Vision supporters. Now, it moves to the Senate, which must take up and pass its own version of the bill.

The most dangerous place for children: Not where you think
Dec 8, 2014

The most dangerous place for children: Not where you think

A new World Vision report reveals a variety of misconceptions regarding the risks to child safety across the globe.

Displaced children play in an informal camp in Northern Iraq for families that have fled ethnic and religious violence. PHOTO: World Vision / Kate MacIsaac
Dec 2, 2014

Fears about child safety are misplaced, new global study finds

The places where people think their children are most in danger are not the ones they should be most scared about, finds a new report released today. "Fearing Wrong" also reveals that violence against children is a common, growing and under-reported problem worldwide.

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. 

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