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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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Mothers who have survived the Typhoon head home with their infant kits in tow after attending a World Vision session. PHOTO: Monalinda Cadiz / World Vision
Feb 7, 2014

As Haiyan response hits 3-month mark, World Vision helps survivors recover, rebuild for long term

With more than half a million people provided with survival goods during the first three months of World Vision’s response to Typhoon Haiyan, the response team is now focusing on helping families and communities rebuild.

Ash from Mount Sinabung's eruption Saturday covers homes near Kabanjahe, Indonesia, more than 20 kilometers from the deadly volcano. PHOTO: World Vision
Feb 3, 2014

Multiple deadly disasters making it difficult to scale up response efforts in Indonesia, says World Vision

One of Indonesia's deadliest volcanos in recent history, Mt. Sinabung, erupted Saturday, killing at least 14. However, this weekend's disaster followed two others in Indonesia — making it difficult for humanitarian agencies like World Vision to bring relief.

Sex trafficking and the Superbowl: A reason to pray
Jan 30, 2014

What does the Super Bowl have to do with human trafficking?

The answer: Very little. But this momentous sporting event presents an opportunity to shine an important spotlight on the most egregious human rights violation of our time.

Video: What peace means to Syrian refugee children
Mar 5, 2014

Video: What peace means to Syrian refugee children

As world leaders discuss Syria’s future, World Vision asked these children to explain what peace means to them.

Women and children leaving Juba by bus to various destinations. PHOTO: Nhial Wei / World Vision
Jan 23, 2014

Cease-fire could mean access to children affected by conflict in South Sudan, says World Vision

Cease-fire announced Thursday in Addis Ababa could mean aid agencies can finally access areas where children and families have been.

Abiya, 6, and her family were forced to flee Syria after her father was killed in the conflict. PHOTO: Nick Ralph / World Vision
Jan 15, 2014

World Vision welcomes the approximately $2.4 billion committed at the Kuwait pledging conference today

World Vision welcomes $2.4 billion committed at Kuwait pledging conference for Syria crisis.

Honorata*, 10, at Mugunga Camp for internally displaced near Goma, DRC. PHOTO: Simon Rawles / World Vision
Jan 15, 2014

As peace process unfolds, children in eastern Congo live in fear, says new report

Children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) experience disturbing levels of violence and fear, a new report by aid agency World Vision finds.

Families displaced by the violence in South Sudan wait on a crowded bus in Juba, hoping to flee to safety. PHOTO: Nhial Wei / World Vision
Jan 13, 2014

World Vision calls on South Sudan leaders to put children first

World Vision, one of the largest aid agencies working in South Sudan, is calling on all parties to listen to the cries of the afflicted children and seek a negotiated solution to the nearly month-long conflict in the country.

 

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