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A woman and children near a water tank at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced where families of Islamic State foreign fighters are held in northeastern Syria on Oct. 17.

In Syria, the Women and Children of ISIS Have Been Forgotten

Leaving thousands of detained Islamic State supporters and their families in poorly guarded camps poses a national security threat for Europe and the United States.

Afghan schoolchildren study amid the rubble of Papen High School in Nangarhar province on July 25.

Endless Conflict in Afghanistan Is Driving a Mental Health Crisis

A generation of Afghans came of age amid relentless violence. Saturday’s election offers little hope for help.

Children gather for a ceremony to mark their release from the ranks of the Civilian Joint Task Force, a vigilante group, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, on May 10.

Nigeria’s Child Veterans Are Still Living a Nightmare

The war against Boko Haram saw kids drafted by both sides. Now they need assistance and a post-conflict future.

The movie poster for "One Child Nation."

The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy

On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.

A music classroom stands empty in a middle school in Seifhennersdorf, Germany, on May 14, 2014. The state of Saxony officially closed the school after only 38 students registered.

How to Fix the Baby Bust

The relationship among birthrates, gender norms, and work culture is more complicated than you think.

A teacher surrounded by children draws a smiley face on a fruit to welcome World Smile Day at a kindergarten in Handan, China, on May 8.

The Kids Aren’t Alright

In an era of great power competition, China and Russia are closing the gap with the United States when it comes to child welfare.

Children working as street hawkers at a bazaar in western Kabul say their biggest fears are “terrorist attacks”
where they work and kidnappings. (Preethi Nallu/Samuel Hall)

Children Are Paying the Price for Afghanistan’s Endless War

As schools become targets, young Afghans are living and working on the streets — and the government isn’t doing much to protect them.

A child at the U.S.-Mexico fence in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on April 4. (Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Playing Chicken With Children’s Lives

The U.S. child welfare system is strained to its limits. Family separation could push it over the edge.

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The Right to Kill

Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?

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U.S. Diplomats Stuck in Medical Limbo

State Department officials with special needs children face a byzantine bureaucracy that often denies them critical care.

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Seven Years of Syrian Civil War, Through the Eyes of Refugee Children

Photographer Chris de Bode interviewed 7-year-old refugees to mark the seventh year of the Syrian civil war.

The General Assembly hall at U.N.'s New York headquarters on May 12, 2006. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

U.S. Pushes Back Against U.N. Anti-Violence Resolutions

Wary of creeping international law, U.S. diplomats fight a rearguard action to limit the scope of two U.N. resolutions on women and children.

The "For Life" anti-abortion demonstration in Moscow's Sokolniki park on Sept. 14. (Joel van Houdt for Foreign Policy)

Putin’s Next Target Is Russia’s Abortion Culture

The Russian president is worried about his country’s shrinking population. His social-conservative allies say they have the solution.

A Syrian boy holds an AK-47 assault rifle in the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 14, 2013. In northern Syria, the Kurdish population has largely observed a careful compromise with regime and rebel forces, fighting alongside neither, in return for security and semi-autonomy over majority Kurdish areas, but there have been reports in recent weeks of Kurdish fighters joining the battle with Syrian rebels in certain areas, including in Sheikh Maqsud. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP / DIMITAR DILKOFF        (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump Administration Has Failed its First Test on Child Soldiers

The State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons Report only enables serial abusers.

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Vladimir Putin Is Trying to Get Down With the Cool Kids

After years of wooing the middle-aged and elderly, the Kremlin is attempting to court young voters. And it's extremely awkward.

A young boy, wounded by shrapnel in his face and groin, is quickly treated at a clinic in the Samah neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq on Thursday, December 1, 2016. It was unclear if the medics were able to stop the boy's bleeding as he continued to drip blood through the gauze and bandages they wrapped him in before loading him into an ambulance.

The Lost Children of Mosul

Thousands of young Iraqis have been trapped, displaced, or killed as the fight to retake the city from the Islamic State enters its seventh month.

RECIFE, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 12:  Juan Pedro, who has microcephaly and turned 1 year old on December 4, is held by his godmother Sinthia on December 12, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. As many of the babies with microcephaly, believed to be linked to the Zika virus, turn 1 year old in Recife, doctors and mothers are adapting and learning treatments to assist and calm the children. Many of the children are suffering a plethora of difficulties including vision and hearing problems with doctors now labeling the overall condition as "congenital Zika syndrome." Authorities have recorded thousands of cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants. Microcephaly results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders. The state with the most cases is Pernambuco, whose capital is Recife, and is being called the epicenter of the outbreak.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Condemned to Life in Zikaland

In Recife, Brazil’s ground zero of the Zika virus, a community struggles to deal with the devastating spread of microcephaly.

Italy's Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin gives a press conference after an EU ministerial meeting focused on EU public health mesures on the Ebola epidemic, in Brussels, October 16, 2014.   AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Italy Wants More Babies, But Doesn’t Want to Pay for Them

Italy tried to launch a campaign to promote fertility. Instead, it offended the population it meant to target.

Pakistani children of the EDHI welfare foundation watch the Burka Avenger cartoon on television in Karachi on July 28, 2013.  A new cartoon superhero disguised in a flowing black burka is set to debut on Pakistani television next month in an animated series which follows her battle for girls' education in Pakistan.  AFP PHOTO/ASIF HASSAN        (Photo credit should read )

Can Cartoons Save Pakistan’s Children From Jihad?

A bold movement of progressive publishers and artists is bringing new comic book heroes to Pakistan’s at-risk children.

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