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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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When poverty becomes a catalyst for forced labor, exploitation
Jun 7, 2013

When poverty becomes a catalyst for forced labor, exploitation

Children and teens whose families live in poverty are often persuaded to go seek work with promises of steady pay. Tragically, as Khamsieng’s story illustrates, they often end up in a vicious cycle of exploitation.

World Vision aims to transform 10 million lives over five years
Apr 16, 2013

World Vision aims to transform 10 million lives over five years

World Vision’s Campaign For Every Child seeks to fill the funding gap as federal budget cuts and economic woes bring less money to urgently-needed programs for clean water, health services, and child protection.

War in Syria: Children dodge bullets and bombs
Mar 15, 2013

War in Syria: Children dodge bullets and bombs

After two years of fighting, the prolonged conflict in Syria risks leaving an entire generation of children scarred for life, says a new UNICEF report.

Ten worst places for child marriage
May 8, 2014

Ten worst places for child marriage

Fear compels parents to marry off their daughters in areas of conflict or disaster, says a new World Vision report.

Anti-trafficking bill headed for president’s signature
Feb 28, 2013

Anti-trafficking bill headed for president’s signature

Congress has passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, a comprehensive law to combat human trafficking in the United States and globally. It now goes to the White House for final approval by the president.

VIDEO: Strong Women, Strong World
Feb 28, 2013

VIDEO: Strong Women, Strong World

In observance of International Women’s Day on March 8, World Vision is pleased to launch “Strong Women, Strong World,” a new initiative supporting sustainable change in some of the most difficult places in the world to be a girl or a woman.

Sponsorship: A safeguard against early marriage of girls
Apr 10, 2014

Sponsorship: A safeguard against early marriage of girls

World Vision has partnered with 10x10, a campaign aimed at promoting the education and empowerment of girls. The story of Habtam in Ethiopia illustrates how girls in developing countries are often not valued — and how child sponsorship can help. Ethiopia is one of the countries highlighted in the 10x10 feature film, Girl Rising.

This Valentine’s Day, keep chocolate child-labor free
Feb 13, 2013

This Valentine’s Day, keep chocolate child-labor free

Only about 5 percent of chocolate sold worldwide is certified to be free of exploitative child labor.

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