Children

Young fighters sit on a blanket in downtown Bambari after over 350 of Central African Republic's child soldiers were released by armed groups honoring a deal signed with UNICEF, on May 14, 2015.

The United Nations Isn’t Jeopardizing Children in Conflict Zones. It’s Protecting Them.

Shaming violators alone won’t stop the use of child soldiers and other human rights abuses. Defending children’s rights requires engagement with governments and armed groups.

Newly released child soldiers stand with rifles during their release ceremony in Yambio, South Sudan, on February 7, 2018.

The U.N. Secretary-General Is Letting Powerful Countries Get Away With Killing Kids

By removing Saudi Arabia and other serial violators of children’s human rights from the annual list of shame, António Guterres is weakening one of the U.N.’s most effective accountability mechanisms.

Seventeen-year-old Louch Vi feeds her two sons at her hut in the Mondulkiri region of Cambodia on Feb. 9, 2018. Louch said she and her sons go days at a time without food.

The World’s Mothers Are Watching Ever More Babies Die of Starvation

Malnutrition is passed from one generation to the next between mother and child—unless someone commits to stopping the deadly cycle.

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.

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