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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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Syrian refugee children: ‘We live in constant fear’
Mar 10, 2014

Syrian refugee children: ‘We live in constant fear’

To mark the three-year anniversary of the conflict in Syria, World Vision invited children living as refugees to write a report to share their biggest concerns and propose solutions to end the suffering.

Syrian children in Jordan work together to research, compile and write a child-led report focusing on the challenges facing refugees like themselves. PHOTO: Meg Sattler/World Vision
Mar 11, 2014

New report by Syrian refugee children reveals fear, violence and uncertainty in host countries

Report entirely written and researched by Syrian children, with the text unaltered, helps shed light on the crisis through children's eyes.

Top humanitarian crisises to watch in 2014
Mar 3, 2014

Top humanitarian crises to watch in 2014

World Vision disaster relief experts identify six humanitarian emergencies to follow this year.

Over 800,000 South Sudanese have been internally displaced, with another 145,000 fleeing to neighboring countries. PHOTO: Joseph Mathenge/World Vision
Feb 24, 2014

Eyewitnesses describe ‘pandemonium’ as violence breaks out in Malakal

Over 800,000 South Sudanese have been internally displaced, with another 145,000 fleeing to neighboring countries. PHOTO: Joseph Mathenge/World Vision

A young girl at Malakal's United Nations Protection of Civilians area. The displaced people are facing many challenges after recent conflicts forced them from their homes. PHOTO: Michael Arunga / World Vision
Feb 19, 2014

New wave of violence in Malakal could worsen humanitarian situation, World Vision warns

Civilians are being trapped by the violence in South Sudan, unable to access humanitarian aid.

Mothers who have survived the Typhoon head home with their infant kits in tow after attending a World Vision session. PHOTO: Monalinda Cadiz / World Vision
Feb 7, 2014

As Haiyan response hits 3-month mark, World Vision helps survivors recover, rebuild for long term

With more than half a million people provided with survival goods during the first three months of World Vision’s response to Typhoon Haiyan, the response team is now focusing on helping families and communities rebuild.

Ash from Mount Sinabung's eruption Saturday covers homes near Kabanjahe, Indonesia, more than 20 kilometers from the deadly volcano. PHOTO: World Vision
Feb 3, 2014

Multiple deadly disasters making it difficult to scale up response efforts in Indonesia, says World Vision

One of Indonesia's deadliest volcanos in recent history, Mt. Sinabung, erupted Saturday, killing at least 14. However, this weekend's disaster followed two others in Indonesia — making it difficult for humanitarian agencies like World Vision to bring relief.

Sex trafficking and the Superbowl: A reason to pray
Jan 30, 2014

What does the Super Bowl have to do with human trafficking?

The answer: Very little. But this momentous sporting event presents an opportunity to shine an important spotlight on the most egregious human rights violation of our time.

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