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  • 25 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

    19 November 2014 - War Child celebrates along with other children’s organisations the 25th anniversary of the International Convention of the Rights of the Child. An important milestone to reflect on what happened and what remains to be done. Still, not every child can participate in the educational system, have a safe home or live in peace.

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  • From Syria to Lebanon: The story of Lana

    20 October 2014 - Due to the ongoing conflict in Syria more than 3 million people have fled the country. A large number of them have crossed the border into neighbouring country Lebanon. Half of the refugees in Lebanon are children - children who sometimes have not gone to school or played outside for over two years. One of them is Lana (12) from Aleppo. She fled with her family to Lebanon.

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  • Syrian Children Speak Up for their Rights

    15 September 2014 - Syria’s civil war is now in its fourth year - and the conflict is having a devastating impact on children and young people. War Child Holland has given a platform to Syrian children to share their perspectives and demands for a normal life. Here are their powerful words and pictures…

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  • Vital psychosocial support for children in Gaza

    01 September 2014 - War Child’s emergency programme to provide vital psychosocial support for children throughout Gaza has begun. Thousands of conflict-affected children in Gaza will receive this specialist support.

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  • Syrian children fight war with play - Watch and share GoBoka’s video for War Child to support

    13 August 2014 - Syria’s civil war is now in its fourth year. The conflict is having a devastating impact on children. YOU can help to make a difference for Syrian refugee children- simply by watching the amazing video made by GoBoKa. Just PLAY IT, LIKE IT and SHARE IT to help give Syrian children a safe place to play. 250,000 views are needed by September 3 to get the project for a safe space started.

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  • Gaza this summer: deadly violence - blog by Reham, working for War Child in Gaza

    25 July 2014 - War Child staff member Reham has been warned that her neighbourhood in Gaza is going to be bombed. She is currently moving somewhere else in search of shelter. To contact her is very difficult since her cell phone has little battery and electricity is sparse. We can only get in touch with her at crucial moments. Reham stayed home when the violence began - where she wrote this story to share with you.

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  • "I miss the street" - blog by Jamal, working for War Child in Gaza

    18 July 2014 - Jamal works for War Child in Gaza. At the moment the situation is too dangerous to run our psychosocial support programmes for children. Children and families in Gaza try to be safe. Jamal and his family are staying home to hide from the attacks. He shared this blog with us yesterday, on July 17th 2014.

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  • Gaza under attack

    14 July 2014 - Unfortunately due to the current unrest and attacks, War Child had to temporarily stop all programmes in Gaza, in the occupied Palestinian territory. We hope to resume our work soon. War Child colleagues in Gaza, Reham and Jamal are monitoring the situation of the children constantly.

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  • Building sustainable futures for children and young people in South Sudan

    09 July 2014 - Three years after gaining independence on 9 July 2011, South Sudan’s children have yet to live in a country free from conflict. Supported by the IKEA Foundation, War Child is launching a new project to help children cope with the immediate and long terms consequences of conflict, and build the skills they need for a better—peaceful—future.

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  • World Refugee Day – time for concerning steps in Syria Refugee Crisis

    20 June 2014 - Today, on World Refugee Day, the Lebanon Humanitarian INGO Forum (LHIF) - of which War Child Holland is one of the 23 members - said that Lebanon needs greater support from international donors before the situation becomes untenable. LHIF also urged all countries neighboring Syria to ensure that their borders are open to all civilians fleeing the conflict, regardless of national status.

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  • Miguel scores a goal toward a better future

    19 June 2014 - The World Cup has begun! Millions of eyes all over the world are focused on football, and that also holds true for Cauca, Colombia. Cauca has been plagued by conflict violence between various armed groups for years, with devastating affects for children and young people. Surrounded by violence and poverty, children and young people grow up with little reason to feel positive about the future. But, together with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), War Child is working to change that. In the sport-based project ‘In the Game,’ children have the opportunity to play and participate in sports together, to release their energy and express their emotions in a positive setting. The formula works, says Miguel.

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  • Giving children in Uganda a voice through radio

    16 June 2014 - Marking this year’s Day of the African Child (June 16), 32 radio stations in Uganda hosted special programmes, posing the question ‘How can your school be child friendly?’ The programmes highlighted the need to improve school safety across Uganda. Children in particular were encouraged to share their ideas.

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  • Football as a force for good in Lebanon

    13 June 2014 - “When I run and play, I forget everything.” - The eyes of the world will be on Brazil this month as the 2014 World Cup kicks off. But football is more than just a game for children in the countries where War Child works. Find out how ‘the Beautiful Game’ helps children participating in our Lebanon programme regain a sense of well-being.

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  • Colombia: working towards a better future

    26 May 2014 - Children in Colombia have grown up amid the world’s longest-running civil war. Ahead of presidential elections in the country this month, find out how War Child is working to improve the lives of Columbian children like Laura (12) through the ‘I DEAL’ life skills course.

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  • Children of war - Then and now

    30 April 2014 - War Child Holland is marking National Remembrance Day in the Netherlands with a campaign that sees the children of World War II urge us to not forget the children affected by conflict today. ‘Don’t let this story become his story.’

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