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The world in 2013: under the shadow of conflict

The shadow of conflict still looms in many parts of the world: war, violence, suffering, hunger and pain seem ever present. Experiencing direct violence, witnessing atrocities and fleeing from home have a deep and long-lasting impact on children. War Child believes that children have the right to grow up in peace, free from fear and violence. We have been and will continue to be present in areas affected by conflict, particularly where children are the most vulnerable to its devastating consequences.

With the right support, children can build their resilience and overcome their conflict-related experiences, becoming agents of peace and breaking the cycle of violence. Children’s resilience in the face of adversity continues to inspire and motivate our work.

War Child programmes in 2013

In 2013, War Child implemented projects focusing on the children and communities most affected by armed conflict. We substantially scaled-up our emergency response activities for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. In eastern DR Congo, we initiated projects in communities affected by recent fighting, moving our operations into more instable and insecure areas. In Colombia we consolidated our work to focus on the country’s most war-affected departments.


In 2013, more than 310,000 children actively took part in War Child’s projects in 10 conflict-affected areas worldwide. We protected them from violence, provided them with psychosocial support, facilitated their access to quality education and enabled them to participate in decision-making that affects them personally. We also enabled parents and other caretakers in the lives of children to fulfil their responsibility towards children, positively interact with them and give them the support they need to develop to their full potential. More than 103,000 adults participated in our projects in 2013.

Thanks to the great support of our constituency, in 2013, War Child was able to increase its income by 7.6% to € 24.4 million increasing funding for project activities by € 2.0 million.

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