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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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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.

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.

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.

Picture drawn by a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon. PHOTO: Patricia Mouamar / World Vision
Mar 15, 2014

Three years of Syria conflict have devastated lives of millions of children

Five of the world’s leading aid organizations say that the three-year-old conflict in Syria has devastated the lives of millions of children and young people — and a generation is at risk of being lost forever.

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.

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

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