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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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Internally displaced people queue in the camp at Mugunga, DRC
Nov 5, 2013

World Vision urges caution over apparent ceasefire in Eastern Congo

World Vision urges caution over the apparent ceasefire in Eastern Congo.

With World Vision's assistance, communities in Bangladesh are taking responsibility for sustainably rehabilitating thousands of seriously malnourished children.
Jun 8, 2013

World Vision pledges $1.2 billion to tackle malnutrition

World Vision is announcing a US$1.2 billion package of measures to combat childhood undernutrition, challenging governments — especially those from G8 countries — to match this commitment as they meet in London today.

Child labor practices have entrapped 40 million children across Asia-Pacific.
Jun 12, 2013

Millions of ‘nowhere children’ entrapped in labor across Asia – World Vision calls for urgent action

Millions of ‘nowhere children’ entrapped in labor across Asia – World Vision calls for urgent action.

Oklahoma tornado survivors receive emergency supplies.
Jun 18, 2013

World Vision to provide play therapy for children

Counselors and play therapists work to help child survivors of last month’s deadly tornados in Oklahoma.

Finding new life after a nightmare of sex trafficking
Sep 6, 2013

Finding new life after a nightmare of sex trafficking

T*, now 17, was lured into a dark world of sex trafficking and exploitation through poverty, peer pressure, and a broken home. Her time at World Vision’s trauma recovery center in Cambodia has given her hope for a brighter, safer future.

Logo of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Sep 6, 2013

NGOs react to G20 summit outcomes

World Vision and other members of the U.S.-based NGO alliance InterAction react on the outcomes of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Report: Child-Friendly Spaces ease trauma in emergencies
Aug 26, 2013

Report: Child-Friendly Spaces ease trauma in emergencies

Children who regularly attend Child-Friendly Spaces in disaster zones are able to maintain a positive outlook on life, one study says.

The U.S. State Department has issued its 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report. Cover image.
Jun 19, 2013

Annual Trafficking in Persons Report shows increase in countries using child soldiers

U.S. Department of State calls out countries that have failed to show improvements in fighting human trafficking, in its 2013 Trafficking in Persons report released today. The report shows a 30% increase in countries using child soldiers. Some receive U.S. military aid.

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