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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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Subject Matter Experts:

Jesse Eaves

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Iraq crisis: World Vision to deliver aid to displaced children, families as conditions worsen
Oct 14, 2014

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

Displaced families fleeing violence in Iraq 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.

What you need to know about child soldiers
Jul 29, 2014

Q&A: What you need to know about child soldiers

World Vision’s Jesse Eaves answers questions about the use of child soldiers around the world, including where progress has been made in eliminating this practice, where more work needs to be done, and what the United States can do to be a global leader in stopping it.

Jul 25, 2014

World Vision suspends operations in Gaza, commends Kerry for call for ceasefire

World Vision is deeply distressed by the ongoing violence, soaring death toll and destruction to civilian infrastructure resulting from the ongoing hostilities between Hamas and Israel.

Community members and church leaders hold a candlelight vigil in India to push for an end to human trafficking and forced labor. PHOTO: Impuri Ngayawon / World Vision
Jul 24, 2014

Child protection expert testifies before human rights hearing

World Vision calling for renewed committment to bi-lateral tools that bring government, non-profits, communities together to tackle problem.

A servant for formerly exploited children in Cambodia
Jul 23, 2014

A servant for formerly exploited children in Cambodia

Karona Kang, 44, started with World Vision as a volunteer. Today, she works with World Vision’s trauma recovery project as a caretaker for girls in Cambodia who have survived horrors like sex slavery, forced labor, physical and emotional abuse, and neglect. She is among 32 staff members who work to help them find healing and wholeness. Here, she tells her story.

Boy returned to Guatemala describes ordeal near U.S. border
Jul 29, 2014

Boy returned to Guatemala describes ordeal near U.S. border

Sixteen-year-old Kenny* endured an arduous and dangerous trek from his home in Guatemala to the U.S. border, but was returned to Guatemala by the government of Mexico. World Vision communications manager Cecilio Martinez spoke with Kenny about his journey.

The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (logo)
Jul 22, 2014

Anti-trafficking coalition calls on the president to keep safeguards in place for children

Any change to Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act could put vulnerable children at risk