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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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Panorama image taken by NASA of lights on earth at night, focusing on the European/Middle East area. Since this photo was taken on November 27, 2000, Syria's lights have dimmed significantly due to war. PHOTO: Courtesy http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Mar 11, 2015

Eighty-three percent of Syria's lights extinguished after four years of crisis

Analyzing satellite images, scientists based at Wuhan University in China, in co-operation with the #withSyria coalition of 130 non-governmental organizations, have shown that the number of lights visible over Syria at night has fallen by 83% since March 2011.

Mohammed is in sixth grade and enjoys football (soccer). His favorite position is goalkeeper. "The thing I miss the most about Syria, he says, is my home. I miss my relatives, neighbors and friends." PHOTO: ©2015 Suzy Sainovski / World Vision
Mar 12, 2015

New poll finds most Americans still unaware of severity of Syria crisis

As the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year, a new poll finds most Americans still have no idea how many people have been affected by the violence. The reality is that more than 3 million Syrian refugees now make up the largest refugee population in the world.

Hoda, 4, at right, and her brother Khalil, 5, are Syrian refugees living in the Bekaa valley in an informal tented settlement. As he stands in the snow in worn slippers, Khalil explains: “I don’t have a father or a mother. My grandma takes care of us.” Khalil spends his days watching over his younger sister, whom he gave his only pair of boots. PHOTO: World Vision / Ralph Baydoun
Mar 12, 2015

Aid agencies give UN Security Council a 'fail grade' on Syria

Aid agencies today released a scathing critique of the UN Security Council powers, detailing how they have failed to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Syria amid intensifying conflict four years after the start of the crisis.

Feb 12, 2015

Nutrition training empowers mother to keep her child nourished

When Fiston Kengawe was just 14 months old, his grandmother took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. World Vision works to help children suffering from malnutrition but also trains and educates families how to better feed and care for children like Fiston.

South Sudan: Former child soldiers released, long road to recovery begins
Feb 12, 2015

South Sudan: Former child soldiers released, long road to recovery begins

An estimated 3,000 child soldiers are expected to be released by a rebel group in South Sudan in the coming month. These children must undergo a complex rehabilitation process in order to recover from the horrors they have experienced.

 

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.

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