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A Time for Action

posted by July 25th, 2014

Here is a wonderful pub quiz question: Which country in the following is the most dangerous to live in? a. Afghanistan; b. Iraq; c. Honduras

Very few people in the world would say Honduras. I have just been there to visit and it is clear that Honduras is a dangerous place. I was told not to leave the hotel whilst I was staying in the capital Tegucigalpa. In the rural areas we were able to walk freely and the security concern was negligible. But there are areas of Honduras that have the highest homicide rates in the world. (more…)

Four years fleeing from violence

posted by July 25th, 2014

Due to security reasons names have been changed to protect the identity of the persons.

A cargo train crosses all Mexican territory to the border with the United States. This is the most common transportation used by immigrants fleeing violence in Central America, which lead them to seek refugee in the U.S. This train is best known as “the beast” and helps migrants to reach the United States border while dodging dangerous situations such as kidnapping, robbers, drug dealers and the constant risk of falling down from the train while it is moving and be run over. (more…)

Stop sacrificing children for politics

posted by July 25th, 2014

PHOTO: Flying kites for peace in Gaza – and, inset, five year old Saher, who later died when his home was bombed.

A Message from Kevin Jenkins, president of World Vision International:

Five year old Saher, who participated in a World Vision peace-building activity by the beach in Gaza last month, was killed when an Israeli warplane bombed his family home. (more…)

Attacks that kill children have to be stopped immediately

posted by July 24th, 2014

Saher, 5, was a handsome young boy. He was a son and a brother. He was a regular participant in the activities World Vision organized in his community in Gaza, including an event organized not long ago where children flew kites to promote peace and hope for a brighter future amidst rising tensions.

Unfortunately, he is one of the more than 40 children who have been killed in the weeklong conflict to date. To all those who knew him, Saher was not a number, he was a child with potential and a future.

Saher’s house was penetrated by a missile that tragically killed the 5-year-old boy, who often participated in World Vision’s activities in his community.

Reports of children involved in World Vision programmes being killed as violence continues are horrifying. World Vision urges both parties to commit to a cease-fire to protect all children caught in the conflict and to engage in meaningful dialogue to ensure these cycles of senseless violence do not continue. (more…)

Children Fleeing Violence in Central America: A Major Regression for the Right of the Child

posted by July 24th, 2014

by Amanda Rives, Regional Advocacy and Mobilization Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Vision

As we come upon 25 years after the passage of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, there is much to reflect on in Latin America, a region that championed and led the way on children’s rights.  Within one year of the CRC being available for signature, 21 countries in the region had already ratified it, representing both a third of the region as well as a third of the total ratifications at that point. Civil society movements and coalitions for child rights were formed; the convention was codified in national legislation and constitutions; children and adolescents claimed their places in decision making; and an inspiring commitment to child rights was born that continues today throughout the region. (more…)