News and stories

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

Children playing a game in DRC.

Why do children become child soldiers?

War Child UK's report, 'Tug of War: Children in Armed Groups in DRC', shows that in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) most children are joining 'voluntarily'.

Charlotte from DRC.

Helplines can save children

Charlotte, a mother of four small children, has opened her home to vulnerable children in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

For a child growing up surrounded by conflict, books can make a difference.

5 ways books can change lives in war

One in six children across the world are living in areas impacted by war. Millions are out of school. Access to education, and to books, is crucial for children affected by war.

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.