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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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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.

Scene from the Old City, Jerusalem. PHOTO: Jon Warren / World Vision
Jul 7, 2014

World Vision calls for an end to the escalating violence toward Israeli and Palestinian children

The ongoing occupation and conflict has robbed generations of Palestinian and Israeli children of peace, justice, and hope for a future where fullness of life is possible.

New smartphone app, hotline make reporting human trafficking possible for more Albanians
Jun 24, 2014

New smartphone app, hotline make reporting human trafficking possible for more Albanians

Albanians can now report human trafficking from any mobile phone or landline for free using a new national hotline number; they can also use a new Android smartphone application to quickly report suspected trafficking and locate services for trafficking victims.

NetHope developed an anti-trafficking Android app for worldwide use in partnership with World Vision and the Vodafone Foundation with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funding.
Jun 23, 2014

New hotline number and smartphone app make reporting trafficking possible for more Albanians

Albanians now have the power to quickly, easily and anonymously report suspected cases of trafficking, the illegal trading of human beings for forced labor or commercial sex work.

World Vision to aid unaccompanied children fleeing violence
Jul 22, 2014

World Vision to aid unaccompanied children fleeing violence

As the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border intensifies, World Vision is providing essential supplies through partner organizations to help unaccompanied minors in transition centers across the United States.

An image from the State Department's 2014 Trafficking in Persons report. Cover image.
Jun 20, 2014

Children more vulnerable than ever to violence, exploitation in Central America, pushing thousands to flee to U.S.

Annual trafficking report reveals weak safety net for children facing exploitation, violence in Central America

FAQs: Conflict in South Sudan and the risks to children
Jun 17, 2014

FAQs: Conflict in South Sudan and the risks to children

Conflict in South Sudan has created a hunger crisis, leaving one-third of the population in need of immediate aid. Children are most at risk for malnutrition, and they’re also susceptible to armed recruitment and disease. Read our FAQs to learn more.

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