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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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Work replaces school for Indian boy
Jun 9, 2014

Child labor steals childhood: Work replaces school for Indian boy

Shyam’s family has struggled with poverty his entire life. As a boy, he dropped out of school to help support his family. World Vision has helped his siblings and is trying to help him get back to learning.

Community children in Cambodia PHOTO: Sopheak Kong/World Vision
Jun 6, 2014

G7 leaders ‘too easily distracted’ as they fail to deliver for children

This year’s G7 meeting in Brussels will be remembered as a summit asking more questions than it answered about the value of this annual forum, says World Vision. 

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.

Birth registration: The perils of being an uncounted child
May 22, 2014

Birth registration: The perils of being an uncounted child

What if you or your child was never issued a birth certificate? For millions of children around the world, the lack of this key document puts them at greater risk of abuse and leaves them without access to legal protection, healthcare, education, and other essentials.

Mother in Cambodia learns how to keep her baby healthy. PHOTO:  Ratana Lay/World Vision
May 20, 2014

World Vision calls for action at World Health Assembly on plan to end preventable newborn deaths

With the knowledge and tools available to avert two-thirds of preventable newborn deaths, World Vision is seeking urgent action from decision makers gathered at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

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.

Brazil youth in Recife compete in soccer tournament. PHOTO: Evandro Teixeira / World Vision
May 12, 2014

Two hundred young people hold their own football world cup in Brazil to speak out against violence

This week, boys and girls from around the world gather together for the “World Vision Cup” where they will be rivals on the football field, but will be united as one to speak out against the inequalities and violence they say are ruining their lives.

Blog: Village uses alert system to stop child sacrifice
Apr 17, 2014

Blog: Village uses alert system to stop child sacrifice

In parts of Uganda, child sacrifice is a real danger. But an alert system is helping to recover abducted children.

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