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Confict-related trauma: the devastating effect of war on South Sudan's refugee children

By Carey Lodge Friday 21, Jul, 2017

More than 150,000 child refugees in mass settlements in northern Uganda require therapy after fleeing violence in neighbouring South Sudan, experts say.

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James, Stephen and David fled South Sudan alone when their parents were killed. They are now among more than half a million kids now living in Uganda's refugee settlements.

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Just 16 years old, Eva, from South Sudan, is three months pregnant. Still a child, she should be going to school, playing with friends and without a care in the world. Sadly, inste…

Arthur's Trip to Ethiopia

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Humbo has definitely been a highlight of the visit. It gives hope this part of Ethiopia has tremendous potential and will not endlessly suffer drought after drought if we learn fro…

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Thursday 13, Jul, 2017

Susanna has become part of the weekly educational lessons and is a registered member of World Vision's cash for training programme. She received a monthly allowance to purchase foo…

The most important meal of the day for school children in Malawi

Wednesday 05, Jul, 2017

Judith used to find concentrating in class a struggle. Every morning she went to school without eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Her stomach would grumble through the day…

Pulling children from the clutches of malnutrition in Somalia

Friday 30, Jun, 2017

World Vision, together with the World Food Programme, has provided 16,612 children and 5,684 mothers with ready use supplementary foods and a monthly rations of nutrition packs jam…

Joining the World Vision UK family

Wednesday 28, Jun, 2017

In May, World Vision UK held an Ambassador Day. Our ambassador Gail, who attended the day, recounts her experience.

The Hidden Legacy of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Monday 19, Jun, 2017

Barely a week goes by that we do not hear new reports of sexual violence in war zones – in South Sudan, Syria, Nigeria, Myanmar, Iraq and elsewhere. Sometimes these include the sto…

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