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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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Zakaria and his family live in a small shelter in Azraq refugee camp after fleeing their home in Syria. The family's biggest wish for 2015 is that the war in Syria will stop so they can return home. PHOTO: World Vision / Suzy Sainovski
Jun 22, 2015

Record-high displacement figures are "wake-up call" for world leaders, says World Vision

World Vision is calling for increased support for refugee children, as new figures show that more than 29 million children around the world have been forced to flee their homes – a number greater than the entire population of Texas.

Children report increased exploitation, teenage pregnancies in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone
Jun 18, 2015

Children report increased exploitation, teenage pregnancies in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone

According to a new report by three leading aid agencies, child exploitation and violence against children has escalated during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

Video: Syrian refugee children draw their dreams and nightmares
Jun 18, 2015

Video: Syrian refugee children draw their dreams and nightmares

We asked Syrian refugee children in a World Vision Child-Friendly Space in Lebanon to draw one of their dreams and then share them with us.

Children in Sierra Leone report violence and exploitation against girls has increased during the Ebola epidemic, according to new report. PHOTO: Save the Children
Jun 17, 2015

Children report increased exploitation, teenage pregnancies in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone

Children in Sierra Leone report violence and exploitation against girls has increased during the Ebola epidemic, according to new report.

World Vision began resuming limited operations in Upper Nile, South Sudan after suspending programs last month due to violence.
Jun 15, 2015

World Vision resumes limited operations in Upper Nile after violence, looting shut down programs

World Vision began resuming limited operations in Upper Nile, South Sudan after suspending programs last month due to violence. 

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.

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