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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.
The brutal reality of children working in mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the focus of a new World Vision report.
Three years after the deadly 2010 Haiti earthquake, World Vision continues working alongside communities there to provide long-term recovery support. But we’re also responding to other global humanitarian emergencies — natural and man-made — delivering critical assistance to children and families whose lives are at risk.
World Vision is providing supplies to overwhelmed hospitals in the conflict-ridden eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is working to meet the needs of displaced and vulnerable children and families.