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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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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.

 
Jan 13, 2014

No One To Turn To: Life for Children in Eastern DRC

Children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are tired of conflict. In one of the toughest places in the world to be a child, many describe atrocities committed so frequently that they believe that violence is inevitable.

In Laos, recovering from modern-day slavery
Jan 13, 2014

In Laos, recovering from modern-day slavery

Enslaved as a domestic servant at the age of 13, Chanhsy* is among the more than 5 million children trafficked annually for forced child labor and sexual exploitation.

 Sedra, 7, with her friend. The two children live at Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp, set up to accommodate the flow of Syrians fleeing violence in their homeland.
Jan 7, 2014

Urgent call to prevent lost generation of Syrian children

Urgent call to prevent lost generation in Syria Crisis.

Sponsorship helps families avoid child labor in Bangladesh
Jan 6, 2014

Sponsorship helps families avoid child labor in Bangladesh

Two years ago, Bipul’s family was in such dire poverty that the young boy was forced to quit school and get a job to help them survive. Today, he’s sponsored through World Vision and back in class full-time instead of performing dangerous labor.

A child plays in a Child-Friendly Space, after Typhoon Haiyan
Nov 25, 2013

Child-Friendly Spaces open in Philippines’ typhoon-ravaged communities

World Vision is setting up about 40 Child-Friendly Spaces in order to provide a safe place for children recovering from Typhoon Haiyan to resume learning, play, and process the disaster’s effects.

How a girl in India went from street vendor to school girl
Dec 13, 2013

How a girl in India went from street vendor to school girl

Once confined to a life of selling lentil pakodas at a railway station, World Vision convinced Kushboo of the importance of education and going to school. Now, she’s busy with her studies and wants to become a teacher.

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