Children of War
This month, we’re asking you to help us highlight an extremely vulnerable category of children—children of war. These are children currently surviving in war zones or displaced by violence, those fighting to regain balance after having their childhoods stripped from them, and those who are being manipulated as war-machines and sex slaves.
The stories and circumstances are too numerous to count. This is a population of children facing a hell of their own.
Today, over 5.5 million Syrian children are directly affected by war. A March report compiled by UNICEF revealed that “three years on, Syrian children have been forced to grow up faster than any child should. UNICEF estimates that 1 in 10 refugee children is now working and 1 in every 5 Syrian girls in Jordan is forced into early marriage.”
What’s more, an estimated 250,000 children today are forcibly associated with armed groups. According to Child Soldiers International, the following countries are reported to have used child soldiers since January 2011: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Israel, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Yemen.
World Help refuses to turn a blind eye to the atrocities being committed against families and children today.
September 21 is the International Day of Peace, and World Help will be highlighting children of war, particularly Iraqi and Syrian children caught in the unthinkable violence spreading across the Middle East.
Will you ask your readers to join you on the International Day of Peace to pray for children impacted by war? Here is a direct giving link if your readers express interest in making a financial gift. This fund is reaching displaced Iraqi and Syrian families with food, water, medicine, and other aid—a precursor for the Gospel among many refugee communities.
We look forward to being bold with you this month—trusting God to do the miraculous—as we use our voices to change our world.
Campaign links, links to stories, access to campaign media, downloadable banners, a Facebook timeline photo, and a photo pack for you to use throughout the month as you blog.
Below are a collection of links to stories, campaign assets, associated blog posts, and media.
Photos are a great way to share about this issue. We have collected photos for you to download and use during the month in your blogs and on social media.Download Photo Pack
Instagram Photo Pack
Facebook Cover Image
Right click on the image below and “Save Image As” to upload and use as your timeline cover image on Facebook.
Web Banners & Button
Add these banners and button image to your blog this month in preparation for the International Day of Peace.
Use the embed code (click inside the box next to each banner/button and use CTRL-C (CMD-C for Mac users) to copy the code. Then paste this code into your website) or download the image pack below.
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