News and stories

Read the latest news from War Child and the stories of the children and families we support around the world.

Jala, 27 years old, carries wood she collected for cooking in Yemen.

Jala and Fatima's story

My life and that of my children turned upside down when we lost my husband in an airstrike. In a heartbeat, everything changed.

Portrait of Ihor

Ihor's story

When the war in Ukraine reached his hometown, Ihor (15) and his family packed their bags and fled. Days later, they would arrive in a small village in neighbouring Moldova. As War Child and other humanitarian organisations move in to the country, the local community has banded together to support families.

Boy looking at camera

Platon's story

Platon is one of the many children forced to flee his home because of the terrifying crisis in Ukraine.

Jawad-smiling

Jawad's story

Following the death of his father, Jawad had no choice but to embark on a long and treacherous journey from Afghanistan to Iran to try and provide for his family.

Portrait of Hamas

Hamas' story

The impacts of COVID-19 on Hamas’ family left her unable to go to school. This story is all too common for families in Yemen, who must place daily survival over their children’s education.

Participant Ahmad outside the War Child centre in Herat, Afghanistan.

Ahmad's story

At just 15 years old, Ahmad had no choice but to embark on the long and treacherous journey from Afghanistan to Iran in search of work to support his family. A journey no child should ever be forced to make.

Soleen standing in front of building

Soleen's story

When Islamic State (ISIS) forces attacked their village in Northern Iraq, Soleen and her family were forced to flee their home. Now living in a camp for those displaced by the conflict, Soleen attends a War Child community centre where she can play, learn and be a child again.

Participant Frederique walks into a War Child centre in the CAR with his back to the camera.

Frederique's story

Frederique, like many thousands of children across the Central African Republic, has experienced appalling violence as a result of the ongoing conflict. Now attending one of War Child’s child-friendly spaces he can be a child again, socialising, playing and taking part in learning activities.