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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.

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Displaced children play in an informal camp in Northern Iraq for families that have fled ethnic and religious violence. PHOTO: World Vision / Kate MacIsaac
Dec 2, 2014

Fears about child safety are misplaced, new global study finds

The places where people think their children are most in danger are not the ones they should be most scared about, finds a new report released today. "Fearing Wrong" also reveals that violence against children is a common, growing and under-reported problem worldwide.

Former child soldiers being retrained with a marketable skill at World Vision's Rebound Centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo. PHOTO: ©2013 Kayla Robertson / World Vision
Sep 30, 2014

Some progress made on protecting potential child soldiers

Today the U.S. released the list of countries that will lose military assistance in 2015 because of their use of child soldiers. However, military aid to continue to flow to some countries actively recruiting or using children in their armed forces.

Top humanitarian crisises to watch in 2014
Dec 19, 2014

Top humanitarian crises of 2014

2014 was a particularly harsh year for children, says UNICEF, which noted in a recent report that nearly 230 million children live in countries affected by war. Here are the top crises of 2015.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 1, 2014

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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Infographic: Democratic Republic of Congo (PDF)

This downloadable infographic illustrates some of the significant challenges confronting communities, families, and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

"No One To Turn To" report on the state of children in the eastern DRC (PDF)

"No One To Turn To" is a World Vision report on how children in conflict-ravaged eastern DRC are coping with chaos.

UN: 4 countries face humanitarian crises, worst since WWII (LINK)

McClatchey News Service says that "with the crisis in Iraq, four countries are now experiencing severe humanitarian emergencies involving the displacement of millions of people, something experts and relief groups say hasn’t been seen in decades."

World Vision leader to churches: Fixing poverty isn't simple, Stop trying to fix it with 8th grade youth groups (LINK)

While some claim that fighting poverty "isn't rocket science," it actually is complicated, and more like rocket science than many imagine, according to Richard Stearns, president of World Vision.

Evaluating the effectiveness of Child-Friendly Spaces: Goma field study report (LINK)

Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) is an intervention frequently used by humanitarian agencies for supporting and protecting children in emergencies. Leading agencies are collaboratively developing standards and guidelines for CFS while strengthening the evidence base through a joint agenda for learning and research.