In emergencies it is often children who are most affected. They may lack food, shelter and healthcare. They are more likely to be affected by disease or injury. Their physical and emotional development may be halted. They may not receive basic literacy and essential life skills, and their education could be interrupted.
In emergencies, children are often abandoned or orphaned, or they become separated from their families.
There is also a risk that with the loss of paperwork such as birth certificates and proofs of identity they may lose their legal rights. Conflict-affected children become more vulnerable to abduction and trafficking, and they are frequently recruited to carry on the conflict by becoming child soldiers.
Aware of the increased risks and vulnerability, World Vision pays special attention to children in emergency situations. The Humanitarian Emergency Affairs team is there to offer them support and to help them cope with the often tragic events.