Children's lives can change in an instant.
Do you remember the day your life changed #InAnInstant? More and more, the course of children’s lives are being shaped by instability, conflict and violence. Today, over 28 million children are on the move, forced to flee from violence in places like Syria, South Sudan, and Myanmar. Half of the world’s refugees are children.
This World Refugee Day, step into the lives of children who are too young to pick up a gun, too small to walk 100s of kilometers to safety, and too innocent to have witnessed extreme violence.
Watch to hear their stories and how we’re working alongside their families and communities in the world's most dangerous places to help children survive, recover, and experience their God-given right to life in all its fullness.
In An Instant
Real stories. Real lives. Real hope.
Seven-year-old Ahmad is one of 5.6 million Syrian refugees. Since arriving in Lebanon and visiting our early childhood centre, he’s built confidence, made friends, and is getting the support he needs to recover from the violence he and his family fled.
When conflict erupted in South Sudan, Doruka and her big sister ran for their lives. They walked for a whole month to reach the safety of Uganda, relying on the kindness of strangers for food to survive. Today, with support from World Vision’s South Sudan refugee response, Doruka and her sister are thriving. The girls have shelter, regular meals, and are top of their classes at school and popular with students and teachers.
Something as simple as a classroom allowed little Jannatul to dream again after she and her mother fled persecution and violence in Myanmar. Today they live in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh with more than 920,000 other refugees. No matter their past or what lies outside, children get to be kids again at our education centres
Owa was just a child when he was abducted from the safety of his home and forced to become a soldier. He was one of thousands of children forced to fight in adult wars, make decisions and witness things no child should see. Since escaping, we’ve been helping Owa reintegrate with his community, and given him training to become an electrician so he can have a brighter future.
With few things packed, just clothes and a handful of photographs, Shaima and her family fled the bombing of their hometown in Syria. During the 72-km walk to the Jordanian border, her sister suffered from heatstroke and passed away. See how a simple gift transformed Shaima’s story of despair, to one of hope.
Support Refugee Children
Life can change in an instant.
World Vision is providing aid in the most dangerous places- working directly with refugees, partner NGOs, and government agencies – because Jesus is alive in the hardest places to be a child. We’re on the ground providing:
- Food distributions and assistance
- Child-Friendly Spaces for children to learn and play
- Vocational training and livelihood programmes
- Health, nutrition, water, and hygiene support
We are also involved in the effort to overcome the root causes of conflict in communities through our peacebuilding initiatives.
Hear firsthand accounts from ordinary kids who became refugees in an instant.
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It Takes a World
A world without violence against children is possible.
Join with others around the world and call on leaders to help end violence against children.