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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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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.

Child affected by conflict in Iraq/Syria
Sep 23, 2014

As airstrikes in Syria begin, World Vision urges international leaders to protect affected children

As news breaks about airstrikes in Syria, World Vision is gravely concerned about the impact of the Syrian crisis on a generation of children. 1.5 million children have now fled Syria. Twice that number remain, many under direct threat of violence.

Congressional testimony: Ending the use of child soldiers
Sep 24, 2014

Congressional testimony: Ending the use of child soldiers

World Vision senior policy advisor for child protection, Jesse Eaves, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on ending the use of child soldiers.

Testimony of Jesse Eaves, Senior Policy Advisor for Child Protection, World Vision U.S., before the U.S. House of Representatives: Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing on Ending the Use of Child Soldiers, September 19, 2014
Sep 22, 2014

Congressional testimony: Ending the use of child soldiers

Testimony of Jesse Eaves, Senior Policy Advisor for Child Protection, World Vision U.S., before the U.S. House of Representatives: Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing on Ending the Use of Child Soldiers, September 19, 2014.

Syrian refugee Fatima, 8, with her father and younger brother Hakim. The family left Syria for Lebanon after their home was hit by rockets. Some members of the family have lost their lives in the conflict. PHOTO: Alexander Whittle / World Vision
Sep 3, 2014

Children 'may never recover' from Syrian conflict, says World Vision

World Vision is urging world leaders not to forget the ongoing suffering of children caused by the Syrian conflict, as refugee numbers surpassed 3 million Friday in what the UN is calling “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.”

Yazidis, members of a religious minority, fled fighting in Sinjar, Iraq. They are among an estimated 1.2 million displaced people seeking safety in Kurdish-controlled territory. PHOTO: World Vision
Aug 15, 2014

World Vision to provide emergency relief to thousands fleeing violence in Iraq

Families fleeing violence in Iraq are in desperate need of food, water, and medicine, says World Vision’s emergency response team.

Iraq crisis: World Vision to deliver aid to displaced children, families as conditions worsen
Sep 11, 2014

Iraq crisis: World Vision aid delivered to displaced children, families as conditions worsen

Displaced families fleeing violence are in desperate need of food, shelter, clean water, medicine, and protection. 

Gaza conflict: Children need safe space and ‘lasting and just peace’
Sep 11, 2014

Gaza crisis: World Vision responding to needs of children and families

World Vision is providing humanitarian aid and psychosocial support for children and families impacted by the recent fighting.

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