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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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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.

What YouTube Missed
Apr 30, 2014

Lack of data means millions of children die unseen and invisible, new report finds

Children are dying unseen, uncounted and invisible to the health services that could save their lives, a new report released today finds.

"What YouTube Missed" video
Apr 29, 2014

World Vision calls on Congress to make unseen children count

To encourage countries to improve birth registration systems, World Vision urges the U.S. House of Representatives to enact the “Girls Count Act."

Children in Thailand. PHOTO: World Vision
Apr 14, 2014

World Vision urges countries to support landmark child rights treaty entering into force today

Children whose human rights have been violated will be able to bring their grievances directly to the United Nations after a historic international treaty entered into force today. However, World Vision is calling on more nations to ratify the treaty.

Child-Friendly Spaces help refugee children hold on to childhood
Apr 15, 2014

Child-Friendly Spaces help refugee children hold on to childhood

New research from Columbia University shows that Child-Friendly Spaces like those set up by World Vision and other relief agencies in disaster or conflict areas give children and their parents more confidence about avoiding child trafficking and labor.

Typhoon Haiyan and the benefit of sponsorship for children affected by disasters
Mar 26, 2014

Typhoon Haiyan and the benefit of sponsorship for children affected by disasters

After Typhoon Haiyan slammed the Philippines in November, World Vision staff members moved quickly to find each child and family enrolled in sponsorship to identify their needs and concerns.

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