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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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Videos: The lives of displaced and refugee children in Syria and South Sudan
Oct 15, 2015

Videos: The lives of displaced and refugee children in Syria and South Sudan

Fighting in Syria, South Sudan, and other countries has resulted in nearly 60 million people being displaced from their homes. These videos show how some children and families are affected.

Igelo Hellen and baby waiting for medicine at the Kamuda Health Center in Uganda. PHOTO: World Vision
Oct 8, 2015

Bipartisan coalition introduces legislation to save lives of mothers and children

Wednesday, a bipartisan team introduced a bold, bipartisan legislative initiative to dramatically accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, newborn and childhood deaths worldwide.

U.S. wavers on commitment to stop the abuse of children as soliders
Oct 7, 2015

U.S. wavers on commitment to stop the abuse of children as soldiers

Millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars will continue to flow to some countries actively recruiting or using children in their armed forces.

A former child soldier rests in World Vision's Children of War Rehabilitation Center in Gulu, Uganda.
Oct 1, 2015

Obama Administration continues to waiver on U.S. commitment to ending use of child soldiers

The Obama Administration waivers on U.S.' commitment to ending the use of child soldiers as the White House releases a new list of countries who will continue receiving U.S. military assistance.

Sustainable Global Development Goals
Sep 22, 2015

Real work has only just begun, says World Vision ahead of historic summit to adopt global development goals

Over 150 heads of state will gather in New York from September 25 to 27 to adopt an ambitious agenda to eradicate extreme poverty within the next 15 years.

Europe's migration crisis: Syrian refugees' long journeys, long nights
Sep 14, 2015

Europe’s refugee crisis: Syrian families’ long journeys, long nights

As more Syrian refugees seek safety in Europe, families struggle to survive and adjust to their new lives.

A Syrian family finds safety in a tented settlement after fleeing to Lebanon.
Sep 4, 2015

European Union obligated to provide special care and protection to child refugees

World Vision is urging the European Union’s interior and justice ministers to make a commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of refugee children at its emergency meeting in Brussels on September 14. 

War through the eyes of an aid worker
Aug 14, 2015

War through the eyes of an aid worker

As the conflict in Syria rages on, we sat down to talk with our national communications director in Lebanon, where more than a million Syrian refugees now live.

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