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What is Life Really Like for Children Living in War Zones?

 

Did you know that one in six children around the world are living in active war zones? As a mom myself, it’s unfathomable to think about what it would have been like if my two boys had grown up surrounded by the horrors of war.

But the harsh reality is that there are over 400 million boys and girls struggling to survive in high-conflict areas … and they need your help.

Watch this 3-minute video to learn more:

During times of war, it’s always children who suffer the most. They’re forced to flee their homes and leave behind all they’ve ever known.

Currently, there are more than 240 million children out of school because of war and other conflicts. Many of them have experienced unspeakable physical and psychological trauma.

On the road to displacement camps and refugee settlements, it’s all too easy for children to get separated from their parents. And in the midst of chaos, young boys and girls are at high risk of exploitation.

In Ukraine, tens of thousands of children have been taken into Russia. At the height of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s power in Uganda, more than 30,000 children were abducted. Many were forced to kill their loved ones and become child soldiers or were trapped in sexual slavery.

The heartbreaking truth is that stories like this are all too common.

But even children who aren’t separated from their parents are struggling to survive. In camps for refugees and displaced people, disease runs rampant. With few doctors or medicines available, children are dying from preventable illnesses. 

Rwandan children still feel the effects of the genocide in 1994 today

There is also widespread hunger in countries experiencing conflict. More than one-third of children living in these regions are highly malnourished.

In Afghanistan, displaced parents struggle to provide their children with even one meal a day. They often resort to selling their young daughters as child brides to buy food for the rest of the family.

It’s all too easy to look at these numbers and feel overwhelmed by the need — to think that you don’t have the power to make a difference.

But that’s not true.

You do have the power to make a difference. Changing the world begins by transforming one life at a time, and YOU can be a light for a child in need during their darkest hour today.

For just $35, you can provide a week’s worth of emergency food, clean water, and other critical aid for one displaced or refugee child from a high-conflict area.

Please don’t let these children’s urgent needs go unmet. By giving your best gift today, you can demonstrate the love of Christ to children affected by war.

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