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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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Just like her parents and other siblings, eight-year-old Noryaha doesn't have a birth certificate. Her family has been deprived of free health services because of this issue. Luckily she's able to go to school but she is uncertain if she can pursue her higher studies in the future. Noryaha dreams to become a doctor someday. PHOTO: Crislyn Felisilda / World Vision
Jun 15, 2015

President Obama signs Girls Count Act into law

Organizations applaud new law that will help ensure children everywhere are registered at birth and have a chance at a successful future.

In Kenya, Mary Nyasebuka holds her daughter outside a hall where a birth registration exercise was organized by World Vision. Mary was previously unable to register any of her six children, which meant they were not allowed to take the national primary school exam. PHOTO: May Ondeng / World Vision
Jun 15, 2015

World Vision applauds new law to ensure all children count

The Girls Count Act prioritizes birth registration of all children as part of U.S. foreign policy and assistance.

A look at child labor inside a garment factory
Jun 12, 2015

A look at child labor inside a garment factory

Bithi is one of the thousands of Bangladeshi children piecing together designer jeans that she’ll never be able to afford.

Video: Stories of Syria’s Lost Generation
Jun 3, 2015

Video: Stories of Syria’s Lost Generation

Amid shattered dreams and broken hearts in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, refugee children like Ali, Hassan, Nour, Marie, and Ayat share their stories of survival, loss, pain, and hardship.

JD Scott of HGTV is conquering Mount Kilimanjaro to fight child slavery
May 20, 2015

JD Scott of HGTV is conquering Mount Kilimanjaro to fight child slavery

On the Kili Climb 4 Kids, JD Scott and others are traveling to Tanzania and summit Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise awareness about global child slavery.

The violence in South Sudan's Unity State has left thousands dead, hundreds of thousands displaced, of these are thousands of children afflicted by the violence. At the Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp, an estimated 5,000 children had arrived by mid-January. PHOTO: World Vision / Lucy Murunga
May 11, 2015

More than 10,000 children face malnutrition as aid agencies forced to withdraw staff in South Sudan

World Vision has been forced to stop its life-saving interventions, including nutrition programs for children and distribution of blankets, sleeping mats, hygiene products, shelter materials, and mosquito nets, because of ongoing violence in South Sudan's Unity State.

Videos: Responding to the Nepal earthquake
May 8, 2015

Videos: Responding to the Nepal earthquake

Watch some of our videos from Nepal to understand the enormity of the need after the disaster and learn more about how we are helping children and communities.

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

In the margins: Fragile states and the future of extreme 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 who are living in the margins and how countries can overcome these challenges.

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