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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.

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.

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

Gangs in Honduras identify territories with graffiti. PHOTO: Heidi Isaza/World Vision
Jun 13, 2014

Numbers of unaccompanied minors at U.S. border will continue to rise without stronger child protection systems, warns World Vision

With thousands of unaccompanied children fleeing to U.S. borders, these numbers will only continue to rise unless country governments strengthen their child protection systems, warns World Vision.

Youth in Brazil compete in World Vision Cup. PHOTO: Jeremie Olivier/World Vision
Jun 11, 2014

Children exposed to greater risk of exploitation during World Cup, warns World Vision

Already dealing with many forms of exploitation throughout their childhood, Brazilian children and adolescents will be exposed to increased risk of labor exploitation, violence and sexual abuse, during the World Cup.

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. 

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