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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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Laura Blank

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Subject Matter Experts:

Jesse Eaves

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Guatemalan authorities guard unaccompanied children who are being returned to Guatemala, at the International Airport of La Aurora. From here they were sent to a temporary shelter. PHOTO ©2014 Cecilio Martínez / World Vision
Jul 22, 2014

A letter to Congress from the Evangelical Immigration Table

World Vision joins with the Evangelical Immigration Table to call for proper treatment of children fleeing violence in Latin America.

Syrian refugee child inside Jordan's Azraq Camp. PHOTO: Meg Sattler/World Vision
Jul 14, 2014

World Vision welcomes Security Council resolution as ‘one of many, many steps’ needed in Syria

World Vision is calling for continued focus on securing aid for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children inside Syria.

A child's picture depicting violence in the Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza region. PHOTO: Niveen Afana / World Vision
Jul 11, 2014

Children’s suffering as a result of the vicious cycle of violence must end in Gaza and Israel, says World Vision

World Vision suspends programs and fears for the safety of children caught in the crossfire.

Violence, dire poverty compel children to flee Central America
Jul 11, 2014

Violence, dire poverty compel children to flee Central America

As tens of thousands of children from Central America flee to escape violence and poverty, World Vision continues its work in these countries to address the root causes of poverty and child exploitation.

The child of a family in El Salvador who tells World Vision they fear for their safety due to the violence. PHOTO: World Vision
Jul 11, 2014

World Vision expands response to growing child humanitarian crisis on both sides of the U.S. border

World Vision is providing essential supplies through partner organizations to help those in the United States and Central America.

World Vision child protection and trafficking expert testifies before Senate
Jul 8, 2014

World Vision child protection and trafficking expert testifies before Senate

World Vision Child Protection Senior Policy Advisor calls for more support for programs to combat trafficking.

Refugees in South Sudan take shelter at the UN compound, after violence has driven them from home. PHOTO: James East / World Vision
Jul 8, 2014

Aid effort to avert South Sudan famine in jeopardy

A group of seven major international aid agencies said they face a shortfall of excess of $92 million just when the South Sudan humanitarian crisis edges closer to the risk of famine.

"Ruse" (not her real name) is a successful graduate of the World Vision Trauma Recovery Center in Phnom Penh, which is for girls who have been rescued from brothels or who suffered from sexual exploitation. PHOTO: Jon Warren / World Vision
Jul 8, 2014

World Vision child protection and trafficking expert testifies before the Senate

World Vision's Jesse Eaves calls for more support for vital programs to combat trafficking, at a Senate subcommittee hearing.

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