"There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace."
— Kofi Annan
The world is facing the worst refugee crisis in history, as people flee their homes due to both violence and economic collapse. In countries like Venezuela, hyperinflation is driving families into starvation. Millions of people are now displaced and vulnerable. In such circumstances, children are most impacted.
There are more countries experiencing violent conflicts now than in the last 30 years, according to UNICEF. As a result, more than 30 million children have been displaced. In 2022, the latest year for which research is available, an estimated 468 million children globally lived in areas affected by armed conflict. Within the world's most lethal war zones live nearly 200 million children — the highest number in over a decade. Now, with the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict underway, those numbers are likely much higher.
The profound impact of armed conflict in the lives of children is evident. It disrupts their education and social relationships. It can prevent them from accessing good nutrition, hygiene and sanitation. Children in areas of conflict are at higher risk of exploitation by traffickers. They live in constant fear — consumed by stress and anxiety that are detrimental to their mental health.
Safety, stability and security are critical for a child’s healthy development. That’s why Compassion is committed to helping cultivate safe environments where kids can learn, grow and play at our partner churches around the world.
And because every child registered in our program is known and loved by local church staff, they are at lower risk of exploitation and the social and emotional effects of instability as a result of conflict.
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