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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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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.

A congregation member shares information about Ebola prevention and treatment following a church service in Bo District, Sierra Leone. PHOTO: World Vision/Jonathan Bundu
Jul 31, 2015

Effective Community Engagement Helped Contain Epidemic, Protect Children and Families, says Aid Agency

Efforts by faith leaders, teachers, parents and government helped inform citizens about risk factors for Ebola, dispel fear and stigma

Child trafficking survivor begins new life at recovery center
Jul 29, 2015

Child trafficking survivor begins new life at trauma recovery center

Kolab* is a human trafficking survivor in Cambodia, now on the road to a full life; but millions of other children like Kolab are still vulnerable to trafficking because of their desperate circumstances.

Cover of the report 'After the Earthquake: Nepal's children speak out
Jul 25, 2015

New report: children express fears and insecurity following devastating Nepal earthquakes

Children call for better shelter solutions, more education so they are prepared ahead of the next natural disaster.

A safe place for children living in a brothel
Jul 8, 2015

A safe place for children living in a brothel

In Bangladesh, Sonali and her sister live at the Hat Khola brothel with their mother. During the day, Sonali attends a World Vision Child-friendly Space where she plays, draws, and dances. It’s a safe place in a dangerous world.

Syrian refugee boy escapes life as a child laborer
Jun 28, 2015

Syrian refugee boy escapes life as a child laborer

Absi fled Syria with his sister and mom. He should be in school, but he has been skipping class to work up to 12 hours a day as a parking garage attendant.