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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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Fatima, 8, and her friend, Sathi, 7, live at a center for vulnerable children in Bangladesh. The center, run by World Vision, cares for children who are living on the streets or in local brothels with their mothers. PHOTO: Jon Warren / World Vision
Feb 10, 2015

Next week’s meeting at UN key moment for children, says World Vision

Ending extreme poverty is only going to be possible if governments gathered for next week’s post-2015 meeting focus efforts on reaching all children, especially those living in war, fragility and instability, World Vision said Monday.

A World Vision staff member listens to children during a focus group in South Sudan. PHOTO: Melany Markham / World Vision
Jan 29, 2015

Release of former child soldiers in South Sudan is just the beginning, says World Vision

Former child soldiers, like the 3,000 to be released in South Sudan, have a long way to go in their recovery. Supporting them at every stage will be vital, says World Vision child protection experts.

Jan 14, 2015

Child protection unit finds trafficked girl

When Sita* went missing from her home in India, her mother turned to World Vision for help.

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.

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