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Attacks that kill children have to be stopped immediately

posted by July 24th, 2014

Saher, 5, was a handsome young boy. He was a son and a brother. He was a regular participant in the activities World Vision organized in his community in Gaza, including an event organized not long ago where children flew kites to promote peace and hope for a brighter future amidst rising tensions.

Unfortunately, he is one of the more than 40 children who have been killed in the weeklong conflict to date. To all those who knew him, Saher was not a number, he was a child with potential and a future.

Saher’s house was penetrated by a missile that tragically killed the 5-year-old boy, who often participated in World Vision’s activities in his community.

Reports of children involved in World Vision programmes being killed as violence continues are horrifying. World Vision urges both parties to commit to a cease-fire to protect all children caught in the conflict and to engage in meaningful dialogue to ensure these cycles of senseless violence do not continue. (more…)

Children Fleeing Violence in Central America: A Major Regression for the Right of the Child

posted by July 24th, 2014

by Amanda Rives, Regional Advocacy and Mobilization Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Vision

As we come upon 25 years after the passage of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, there is much to reflect on in Latin America, a region that championed and led the way on children’s rights.  Within one year of the CRC being available for signature, 21 countries in the region had already ratified it, representing both a third of the region as well as a third of the total ratifications at that point. Civil society movements and coalitions for child rights were formed; the convention was codified in national legislation and constitutions; children and adolescents claimed their places in decision making; and an inspiring commitment to child rights was born that continues today throughout the region. (more…)

World Vision delivers petition to the UN Secretary General with thousands of signatures to protect children fleeing violence

posted by July 24th, 2014

David Coates, National Director of World Vision Dominican Republic, presented a petition backed by thousands of persons in Latin America and the Caribbean (also in Spanish) to UNICEF representative Maria Jesus Conde, asking that those governments and the UN would help find a solution to the humanitarian crisis in which thousands of children are moving, unaccompanied by adults, to the United States.

World Vision is increasing efforts to support children trapped by the growing humanitarian crisis along the border of the U.S. The U.S. administration estimates that at least 60,000 unaccompanied children will arrive to the U.S. in this year alone – a statistic expected to double next year. (more…)

Violence, dire poverty compel children to flee Central America

posted by July 16th, 2014

As tens of thousands of children from Central America flee to escape violence and poverty, World Vision continues its work in these countries to address the root causes of poverty and child exploitation.

The surge of unaccompanied children from Mexico and Central America flowing to the border and overwhelming detention centers and federal agents in Texas and Arizona is gaining attention as a humanitarian crisis. (more…)

Pray for children fleeing violence

posted by July 16th, 2014

Photo Caption: A three-year-old in El Salvador, where violence and gang warfare forced his father to flee from their home. The child’s mother is afraid to go out and can’t work because she fears being targeted by the gang members who were after her husband. Violence is forcing thousands of Central American children to flee their homes, overwhelming U.S. borders.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children — most from Central America – have entered the United States since last October seeking refuge from violence and oppressive poverty in their nations. Heedless to the dangers involved, these unaccompanied minors crossed vast distances with little protection or resources, arriving in the U.S. with just the clothes on their backs and little else.

Join us in praying for children caught in this maelstrom: (more…)