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World Vision's staff respond to natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies in dozens of countries each year. Staff can provide eyewitness interviews, expert analysis and compelling insight into these tragic events.

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Destruction in the Dominican Republic following Tropical Storm Chantal

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World Vision ready for 2014 hurricane season
Jun 5, 2014

World Vision ready for 2014 hurricane season

Key to an effective emergency response is advance preparation. As another hurricane season begins, World Vision has worked hard to be ready for storms that strike coastal communities here in the United States.

Food kits prepared by volunteers last year to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy. The contents include enough for a family to have breakfast, lunch and dinner all prepared by just adding boiling water. PHOTO: Juliette Lynch/Genesis Photos
Jun 4, 2014

World Vision prepares for hurricane season by mobilizing communities, stockpiling supplies in the U.S. and abroad

Hurricane season begins June 1. Although it is forecasted to be an average, or below-average year for activity, World Vision is fully prepared to respond.

9,000 child soldiers fighting in South Sudan’s war
Jun 4, 2014

9,000 child soldiers fighting in South Sudan’s war

Violent conflict continues in South Sudan; with nothing to do and little hope, boys and girls are being recruited to fight with militia and government forces.

In areas in Central Bosnia, where water has withdrawn, volunteers clean thick layers of mud that remained. Warmer weather brings the risk of various illnesses and cleaning has to be done as soon as possible. CAT 2 Response - Floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina. PHOTO: Aida Sunje/World Vision
May 28, 2014

World Vision helps families in Bosnia, Herzegovina, following worst flooding in more than a century

More than 1.5 million people impacted by flooding in Bosnia-Herzegovina are in need of immediate assistance.

Women fetch water from a World Vision well in Mali. PHOTO: Steve Kay/World Vision
May 21, 2014

Civilians in dire need of protection in north of Mali

The recent spike in violence in northern Mali is a stark reminder of the chronic insecurity that continues to affect hundreds of thousands of Malian people. As the UN Security Council meets to discuss the matter, the protection of civilians should be priority.

Women and children queueing for water at UN base in Malakal where 20,000 people fled during violence outbreak. PHOTO: Nadene Robertson/World Vision
May 19, 2014

Critical gains at risk; children’s lives at stake in South Sudan, new report says

As the conflict in South Sudan rages on, several years of critical gains are at stake for the world’s newest country, and children’s lives hang in the balance, a new report warns today. 

One year after Oklahoma tornadoes, church-turned-warehouse helps families rebuild
May 13, 2014

One year after Oklahoma tornadoes, church-turned-warehouse helping families rebuild

One year after tornadoes killed 24 people and leveled thousands of homes in central Oklahoma, World Vision partnerships with local churches are helping to restore communities left devastated.

Crisis in Central African Republic: Children seek escape from militia, sex abuse
May 12, 2014

Crisis in Central African Republic: Children seek escape from militia, sex abuse

Between 3,500 and 6,000 children have been recruited into armed groups in the Central African Republic, the U.N. says.

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