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Contact our press and media team for further information about our work - this includes interview requests with our sector experts and staff working in our countries of operation. We are also happy to provide factsheets and audio visual materials upon request.

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Esmee Goedmakers - Media Spokesperson
esmee.goedmakers@warchild.nl   |  +31 6 28 24 11 26


War Child: Peace in Colombia not yet in sight
2017-10-07
War Child regards the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Juan Manuel Santos as a vital measure towards achieving peace in Colombia. Read more

War Child Wins International Prize 
2017-10-02
War Child has been awarded the prestigious Klaus J. Jacobs Best Practice Prize for 2017. In today’s announcement, the Jacobs Foundation praises War Child for its global efforts to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of conflict-affected children. Read more

War Child: 63 million children to be forced from their homes by 2025 
2017-09-18
The year 2025 could see a massive 63 million children on the run to escape from violence and instability. That is the major finding of the new report ‘I’ve Moved, My Rights Haven’t’ that was launched today in New York. Read more

Don’t abandon the children of South Sudan 
2017-07-11
War Child has voiced concern about the escalating violence in South Sudan, particularly around the country’s capital Juba. Any potential civil war will have catastrophic consequences for the country that has only been in existence for less than five years. Any conflict in South Sudan will affect millions of children. Read more

War Child wins Golden Lion in Cannes
2017-06-25
War Child Holland and RNDBT Content won a Golden Lion at this weekend’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for their ‘Batman’ film. The award marks the first time that a War Child production has won a prestigious international prize. Read more

Press Statement 
2017-06-09
"War Child Holland has taken note of the recent publications concerning the contracts EIDHR 2014/353-854 and EIDHR 2014/351-864 signed off by the European Union, represented by the European Commission, and War Child Holland. Read more

Dutch emergency relief organisations begin major support campaign in Mosul
An alliance of Dutch NGOs has begun a large-scale support campaign for 170,000 Iraqi citizens who have been the victim of the ongoing violence in and around Mosul. The campaign sees homeless families and people returning to areas retaken from IS offered shelter, medical aid and access to clean drinking water. Read more

New edition of TV event ‘Jij&Ik’ - now with Best Friends and online series
2017-05-11
Jij&Ik is returning! The first edition of the War Child TV event - based on a popular Internet format where children sing a song together with one of their parents - was a huge success last year. More than one million viewers watched the 2016 live broadcast. Read more

PM Rutte visits NGO Football project in Beirut 
2017-05-03
Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and Lilianne Ploumen, the nation's Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, today visited the SaHA project in the Lebanese capital Beirut. The SaHA project sees War Child work in partnership with Right To Play and Dutch football federation the KNVB. The project uses football as a platform to harness the participation of children and young people in designing their own activities and events to improve their communities. Read more

Google.org and War Child invest in e-learning for children affected by war
2017-03-21
War Child’s innovative teaching method Can’t Wait to Learn will receive as much as 2.5 million dollars from Google.org. Can’t Wait to Learn is one of nine education projects selected from all over the world that will receive a contribution from Google.org today. With this support more children from conflict areas will be able to receive high-quality education by the use of tablets in the future. “This is desperately needed; currently more than 32 million children are unable to attend school because of conflict”, says programme manager Kate Radford. Read 

Dutch Relief Alliance - What has emergency relief every done for anyone?
2017-02-24
Relief agencies participating in the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) are offering life-saving aid to refugees and help people in the areas where it is most needed. Some 65 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict, natural disasters or poverty, according to UN figures. Read more

Dutch Politicians receive refugee 'moving boxes'  
2017-02-20
Monday 20 February will see politicians from the eight largest political parties in the Netherlands each receive a ‘moving box’ from the organisation ‘Kind in azc’ (Child in Asylum Seeker Centre). The moving boxes contain reports and advice notes addressing the issue of child refugees being forced to move locations during their asylum procedures in the Netherlands. Read more

War Child: children deliberately targeted in armed conflicts 
2016-08-01
On the eve of the UN Security Council debate on children living in areas of armed conflict, War Child has voiced concern about the 250 million children who are currently growing up in the midst of war. “A very alarming trend is that children seem to become targets in armed conflict,” says Tjipke Bergsma, director of War Child. Read more

€12 million in emergency aid for Syria 
2016-03-17
The Syrian Joint Response - a collaboration between 12 Dutch NGOs - will receive €12 million in funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The Joint Response sees the participating organisations provide emergency humanitarian assistance inside Syria, Lebanon and Jordan to some 570,000 people affected by the Syrian conflict. Read more

Michaela DePrince is the new ambassadeur of War Child
2016-02-03
This afternoon Marco Borsato announced that Michaela DePrince (21) will be his new colleague at the War Child ambassador team. Michaela is a Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer and has been dancing for the Dutch National Ballet since 2013. “War Child is incredibly proud to have Michaela as a new ambassador”, said Marco.

Tjipke Bergsma to succeed Bernard Uyttendaele as War Child Managing Director
2015-07-02
Bernard Uyttendaele, Managing Director of War Child Holland, will hand over the leadership of the organisation as of 1 September 2015. He will be succeeded by Tjipke Bergsma, currently the Regional Director Americas for Plan International. 
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Room No.4 - Photo exhibition: The reality of detained Palestinian children in East Jerusalem
2014-09-04
On the International Day of Peace, 21th of September, there will be the opening of the photo exhibition "Room No.4" in the Domkerk in Utrecht, at 2:00 pm. The pictures in the exhibition illustrate the reality of detained Palestinian children in East Jerusalem.  
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IKEA foundation supports War Child project in South Sudan
2014-07-07
Plagued by civil war for decades, South Sudan will mark the start of its third year of independence on Wednesday, July 9. The renewed violence in December 2013, however, highlighted the fragility of the world’s youngest state. Children are confronted daily with the consequences of conflict and violence, and are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Schools have largely been destroyed, severely limiting children’s access to education. With support from the IKEA Foundation, War Child is creating Safe Spaces where children and young people in South Sudan can play, learn to read and write, and access vocational training.
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Desperate Syrians struggle to survive amid inadequate international aid
2013-09-23
Millions of Syrians forced to flee their homes because of the violent conflict engulfing their country are without sufficient food, shelter and lifesaving medical care as international donors fail to meet UN funding appeals, 14 humanitarian organizations warned today. The agencies, all members of the Syria International NGO Forum (SIRF), urge heads of state meeting in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly to urgently increase financial support to meet immediate and long-term needs of Syrians.
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How can we best support children affected by war to move on with their lives?
2013-09-09
Kampala, 9th of September 2013 - From September 25-27 in Kampala, Uganda, War Child Holland and the Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations will host an international conference on the reintegration and recovery of children and young people affected by armed conflict. The purpose of the conference will be to generate a set of minimum standards to improve the quality of reintegration programming across the development and recovery sectors.
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Still no peace for children in eastern DRC 
2013-07-11
With the special UN Intervention Brigade starting patrols this month, War Child calls on the UN to ensure that the new force prioritises the protection of children and assist with the release of child soldiers associated with armed groups operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In an updated briefing paper the organisation also states that it is essential that all members of the Intervention Brigade receive high-level training in child protection prior to their deployment. The soldiers will encounter cases of rape, recruitment and neglect, and must be able to handle these situations appropriately.
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No end in sight in Syria: New reports of the massive rights violations faced by children
2013-06-07

War Child hears about the child rights violations happening in Syria directly from children  participating in our programmes in Lebanon. This week, a new UN report  reconfirmed what we already know: Children’s rights are being violated on a massive scale. Children are being killed, injured, abducted, arrested, tortured, and denied basic services and education on a daily basis. Let’s not wait for the next report before taking action.
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