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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 boy escapes life as a child laborer
Jun 28, 2015

Syrian refugee boy escapes life as a child laborer

Absi fled Syria with his sister and mom. He should be in school, but he has been skipping class to work up to 12 hours a day as a parking garage attendant.

Blog: Fighting child sacrifice with pierced ears in Uganda
Jun 30, 2015

Blog: Fighting child sacrifice with pierced ears in Uganda

In certain districts of Uganda, child sacrifice is a real danger. An Amber Alert program is helping to recover children that have been taken.
 

World Vision 2015 Gift Catalog (cover)
Jun 23, 2015

World Vision Gift Catalog 20th Anniversary

Over the past 20 years 790,000 donors have given life-changing gifts through World Vision's Gift Catalog — such as goats, clean water, food and education — helping 7.3 million people in need around the world.

Zakaria and his family live in a small shelter in Azraq refugee camp after fleeing their home in Syria. The family's biggest wish for 2015 is that the war in Syria will stop so they can return home. PHOTO: World Vision / Suzy Sainovski
Jun 22, 2015

Record-high displacement figures are "wake-up call" for world leaders, says World Vision

World Vision is calling for increased support for refugee children, as new figures show that more than 29 million children around the world have been forced to flee their homes – a number greater than the entire population of Texas.

Children report increased exploitation, teenage pregnancies in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone
Jun 18, 2015

Children report increased exploitation, teenage pregnancies in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone

According to a new report by three leading aid agencies, child exploitation and violence against children has escalated during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

Video: Syrian refugee children draw their dreams and nightmares
Jun 18, 2015

Video: Syrian refugee children draw their dreams and nightmares

We asked Syrian refugee children in a World Vision Child-Friendly Space in Lebanon to draw one of their dreams and then share them with us.

Children in Sierra Leone report violence and exploitation against girls has increased during the Ebola epidemic, according to new report. PHOTO: Save the Children
Jun 17, 2015

Children report increased exploitation, teenage pregnancies in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone

Children in Sierra Leone report violence and exploitation against girls has increased during the Ebola epidemic, according to new report.

World Vision began resuming limited operations in Upper Nile, South Sudan after suspending programs last month due to violence.
Jun 15, 2015

World Vision resumes limited operations in Upper Nile after violence, looting shut down programs

World Vision began resuming limited operations in Upper Nile, South Sudan after suspending programs last month due to violence. 

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